It’ll Cost Ya, but It’s Worth It

My daughter and her best friend on a hike a few years ago. They live hundreds of miles apart, but have stayed close As my friend and I munched on warm chips and hot queso I was struck by the thought, “I wish we’d done this more often.”  Yet, like so many times in life …

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The Oddity of Easter 2020

We were going to get up and watch the sunrise this morning, my wife and I. In 22+ years of marriage we have never seen an Easter sunrise together, so we thought catching one would be a nice way to start the day. However, Oklahoma being Oklahoma, about 15 minutes before sunrise, thunder rolled loudly …

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Thoughts from a Distance

Week number three of the new reality the Coronavirus pandemic has brought is just getting rolling in my part of the world. As we watch cities like NYC and New Orleans deal with massive outbreaks, the depth of the crisis is beginning to dawn on the rest of us. Social distancing isn't just a funny …

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With a Little Help from My Friends

“I feel like a heretic for saying this,” I told my friend, “but I feel I saw Jesus more in our community last year than I did in scripture.” As the words came out of my mouth, I forced a sideways smile to try and hide the guilt I felt inside for even thinking such …

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Punching Back the Darkness

I remember Christmas Eve candlelight services when I was a kid, when the room would go dark, and I couldn’t see the face of my brother or sisters next to me. Down front, there was one single tiny flame, one candle, flickering in the eerie darkness. Slowly, one candle at a time, the light of …

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