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Walking the Long Road

It felt a little like watching the odometer turn over in my car.  For when my watch hit “1,461 days” this morning it seemed momentous to me indeed.  Because for four years now—through hurricanes, heat waves, and hotel parking lots—I’ve not missed … Continue reading

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Evil in Uvalde

Evil doesn’t care about the age or innocence of its victims. It only seeks to serve itself and its master. Continue reading

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The Ides Have It

It’s an odd word to modern ears, but it all goes back to the original Roman calendar which divided the year into ten months, beginning with one dedicated to the Roman god of war, Mars.  The days were then counted down … Continue reading

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Cheer and Fear

It’s long been my practice to write a new poem for each Advent season.  With the experiences of 2021 still fresh in all of our minds, here’s my effort for this year: In days of cheer and days of fear The … Continue reading

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Getting to the First Thanksgiving

(As we come to the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving in 1621, I have updated one of my earliest posts from nine years ago to reflect on just how amazing the journey of those Pilgrims truly was.) Despite the … Continue reading

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The Lesson of 9/11

(The following appeared in this blog on September 11, 2018. I have updated it and share it again as we mark the twentieth anniversary of a solemn day indeed.) I suspect that all of us over the age of 25 … Continue reading

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Christy Wilson and the Chaos in Kabul

“When Satan fell to earth, he fell in Kabul”—Oft-quoted Afghan proverb No matter what your politics may be, the images coming out of Afghanistan this week have been horrendous.  For the desperation demonstrated by the Afghans who flooded the airport runways … Continue reading

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March Madness, 33 A.D.

It was a Selection Sunday like none before it.  For in addition to the sixty-four college basketball teams that were chosen on March 14 to compete in the championship tournament, four additional teams were tapped by the NCAA to serve … Continue reading

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Going Global

Like the spring that is quickly coming to South Texas, it’s a welcome sign indeed.  For when the official announcement was made earlier this week of the formation of a new Wesleyan denomination, the Global Methodist Church, it signaled all kinds … Continue reading

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An Ashless Wednesday

It wasn’t exactly how we planned.  But then again, few things have been in this decade so far.  Just within the past few years, for instance, we’ve had numerous “hundred year” floods, a once-in-a-century pandemic, and just since Sunday, we’ve had record … Continue reading

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