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I do hope I do not sound like a broken record but I am concerned about our conception of prayer.  It is important to understand that prayer is talking to God and not to the other people in the room.  If we are talking to someone...

One evening I welcomed to my house two guests, the world famous concert violinist, LeRoy Peterson, and his wife Carol, who announced to me that we had a porcupine in the backyard.   Sure enough it was a big one snoozing on the bottom branch of...

I'm sitting here watching the Kennedy Center Honors.  As I watch the honorees receive standing ovations and the accolades of friends it occurred to me the real honor, the real joy were the years of accomplishment.  It was the doing. It was the work. It...

I am wondering if one's theology forms the basis of one's disposition or is it the other way around?  Harsh people seem to have a harsh God and gentle people seem to serve a God of mercy and grace.   Do we form God in our...

I have six FM presets on my car radio.  One is classical, one is jazz, one is news, one is pop, one is religious and another is talk radio.   The music ones fascinate me because with just eight notes musicians create a zillion songs and...

There is a great tree in my yard that towered over all others.  Now it lies upon its side waiting for the chainsaw to cut it into small pieces for my woodstove.  As it brought us days of shade and cool now it will bring...

In case you didn't know Chia Pet seeds are slimy like frog eggs.  And how do I know this?  They are on my kitchen counter.  They are on my dining room table. Actually they are all over my house.  Yes, it is true.  We actually...

Have you ever come to the end of a day and realized you did nothing useful or productive all day long?  Wonderful, isn't it?   I know I am supposed to be horrified and say how terrible, but I can't.   Our culture drives us to be...

I am dozing in front of my computer.  I am semi-awake.  It has been a while since I have touched the keyboard or the mouse and the computer's screen saver has come on.  I am getting a wonderful slide show of my grandchildren. One by...

Wouldn't Ezekiel be shocked if he woke up this week to discover people living in a time when talk about replacing body parts wasn't mere poetry but reality?  The promise for a new body part first appeared in Ezekiel 36:26, "A new heart also will...