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Greek purists (every language has them*) must have gone crazy when they initially read the first part of Ephesians 2.  Paul pays little attention to the rules of grammar.  He starts sentences and doesn’t finish them.  Sentence fragments dangle.  Translators have tried to clean it...

Hurricane Irene has moved north from Massachusetts.  Here in the center of the Commonwealth it was not too bad; a few hours of hard rain and some gusts that were very helpful for me.  I had a few dead branches beyond the reach of my...

I am sitting here looking at a coupon that will enable me to purchase thirty dollars worth of clothing at a consignment store for only fifteen dollars.  Now that’s a bargain.  Usually thirty dollars worth of clothing for thirty dollars is a bargain at a...

I discovered Stephen Meader when I was in fifth grade.   My school library had several of his books which I quickly gobbled up.  Decades later I began to collect them.  It was an almost impossible task until the advent of eBay.  Today was a rainy...

We have a long hallway on our second floor lined on both sides with family pictures.  I love to move slowly from photo to photo relishing the memories each image produces.  I see my sons when they were little guys and move along the progression...

It is a bit embarrassing to learn that I have been mispronouncing a word all my life.  I wish someone had told me.   This morning I was observing a teacher in a middle school classroom and heard the teacher use the word “malleable.”   “No,” I...

Don’t you hate it when you get locked out of your own house?  It happened to us this morning.  Somehow the door between the garage and the house got locked.  So we began to circle around the outside of the house looking for an unlocked...

Some of the most interesting chapters of Scripture are found in John 14 to 17.   They are between the Last Supper and Jesus’ arrest in the Garden.  More than once in these chapters He tells His disciples, “In a little while you will see me...

Yesterday was idyllic.  In the ides of the afternoon we found ourselves sitting by a city pond watching swans, geese and one particularly loudmouthed white duck.  Across the pond was a gazebo occupied by a couple much more fascinated with each other than where they...

This afternoon a gust of wind found an open door in our house.  It would be difficult for me to describe how high I must have jumped when it slammed shut with the force of a small nuclear weapon.  There is something very unnerving about...