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On the Back Porch (looking at a poem by Dorianne Laux)
On August 4, 2020 | 2 Comments

  The cat calls for her dinner.  (This is a post about a poem, and these are some of its lines:) On the porch I bend and pour  brown soy stars into her bowl, stroke her dark fur.  No. It’s not a poem about a cat, although here at the beginning one might think it […]

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Teaching the Gospel to Children: Foster Intimacy, part 2
On May 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

This is the fourth post in a series meant to be preceded by an introductory letter. Please read that here.  Listen here:   Click here to download the audio file. Foster Intimacy, part 2 “Shame and death are the two great enemies of the Gospel.” ~Jay Thomas “Much dysfunction is a function of denying brokenness.” […]

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Teaching the Gospel to Children: Grow Up.
On February 4, 2020 | 2 Comments

This is the second post of a series meant to be preceded in reading by an introductory letter. Please read that HERE.  Grow Up. “Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.” ~ W. E. B. Du Bois   “There’s a world of difference between insisting on someone’s doing something and establishing […]

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Teaching the Gospel to Children: Enjoy!
On January 29, 2020 | 4 Comments

This post is the first of a series, and is meant to be preceded in reading by an introductory letter. Please read that HERE. Enjoy Your Children “Children should be seen and not heard.” ~ English proverb   “The LORD your God is with you,  He is mighty to save.  He will take great delight […]

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Teaching the Gospel to Children: A Letter of Introduction
On January 27, 2020 | 6 Comments

Dear Friends, Last year I was invited to speak to a Mothers Of Pre-Schoolers group on “teaching the gospel to very young children.” I immediately agreed, interested in returning to a subject I haven’t considered in a while.  But I was surprised by some further dialogue between me and the woman who invited me to […]

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Ordinary Sadness
On December 18, 2019 | 6 Comments

Recently I was asked to write about the empty nest. I’m not sure I can, so I wrote about Advent instead.

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Advent 2019
On November 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

                This year, Sunday, December 1 is the beginning of Advent, the four weeks of the church calendar leading to Christmas Day. Once again I’m posting the four readings I wrote last year. Each one considers a different person in the nativity story, and each offers thoughts as […]

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Like So Much Weather
On October 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

These moments are immortal, and most transitory of all;… Beams of their power stream into the ordered world and dissolve it again and again.   Martin Buber, I and Thou   On the morning of Everett and Olivia’s wedding, I had to pull Everett’s box out from under my bed. I have a box for each of […]

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Fist Full of Sparrows
On November 14, 2018 | 3 Comments

  Our backyard maples are skeletal now. It happened in that sudden way that means I haven’t been paying attention. I know they flushed to gold about two weeks ago. Emma called me to the window, and we stared at them together for a minute. They can seem incandescent in those early yellow days, like […]

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Opening Like Hands
On April 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

From the Willow Room in the Prince Conference Center at Calvin College, one can see willow trees. They stand at some distance from the building, at least one hundred yards away, and during the lecture on self-editing a manuscript, I watched these trees. They were huge. Their branches were many. And all of these branches–those […]

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