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October 18, 2017
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 Grace and Peace to You! 
 
Two stories: 
 
On the eve of open-heart surgery a pastor asked his cardiologist, “Doctor, can you fix me?” The physician, not known for bedside manner, replied, “Sure.” Then walked away. 
 
Following the twelve-hour surgery, the patient asked the doctor, “In light of the blocked arteries that I had when I checked into the hospital, how much blood supply do I now have?” “All you’ll ever need,” replied the terse surgeon. 
 

September 27, 2017
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Peace and Joy to you! 
 
Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen led expeditions that were first to discover the magnetic meridian of the North Pole and to discover the South Pole.  On one of his trips he took a homing pigeon with him.  When he had finally reached the top of the world, he opened the bird’s cage and set it free. 
 

September 13, 2017
faith


 Peace and Joy to you! 
 
In 1930, a prominent Rabbi in New York fired off a telegram to Albert Einstein.  The rabbi did not mince words:  “Do you believe in God?  Stop.  Answer paid.  50 words.” 
 
The telegram came in response to a statement the famous scientist had published that noted he always thought of himself as “religious.”  Einstein had written: 
 

September 2, 2017

College football kicks off this weekend! I was reminded the other week that legendary coach Lou Holtz got his head coaching start at William and Mary. Holtz is famous as a motivator. In the late 1980’s, after turning the Notre Dame program into a perennial powerhouse, Holtz often used false humility to get the team riled up for a game.  
 

August 16, 2017

Mark Twain, our greatest humorist, often skewered pomposity and silly human foibles. He once

paraphrased the most famous question of the Westminster Catechism:

Q.: What is the chief end of man?


A.: To get rich.

Q.: In what way?


A.: Dishonestly if we can; honestly if we must.

Q.: Who is God, the one and only true?

July 27, 2017
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Two fellas were out in a boat fishing last Sunday morning. They were not having too much luck. One of them got to thinking about what they were doing and said, “I feel bad being out here fishing when I ought to be in church.”  “Yes, I know how you feel,” the other said. “but I could not have gone anyway. My wife is sick.” 
 
If all the people who sleep in church were laid end to end, they’d be more comfortable. 
 

July 9, 2017
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In his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) Jesus tells his followers: “You are the salt of the earth.” Eugene Peterson’s translation in The Message highlights Jesus’ intent. “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the god-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.”

June 19, 2017

Grace & Peace to You!

I’m headed out of town this week, first to the Worship & Music Conference at Montreat, then to spend some time with family at the beach. I see from social media a friend is spending his sabbatical as a pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago. Still another friend spent last week tossing cabers and sword dancing at a clan reunion. These trips got me thinking about how we renew ourselves. Where do we find our energy reserves or the spark that will help us travel the coming miles on our journey.

Sin

June 6, 2017
grace, sin

The word for this week is “Sin.”

I appreciate Frederick Buechner’s take on sin. He says it is “centrifugal.” Constantly spinning in our lives and pushing everything in our lives “out toward the periphery…eventually bits and pieces of the core itself go flying off until in the end nothing at all is left.” Or as Paul notes, “The wages of sin is death.”