Tourist vs Pilgrim

  Yesterday I posted a letter from an Arab student on Facebook. It was his response to a note I wrote a number of years ago and hid in a place called the Abandon Meander in the Paria Canyon. Several guides know where it is and read it to their trail mates when they pass […]

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The Proposal

My son Zack recently got engaged. He prayed and planned, dreamed and schemed, and finally popped the question in a very romantic and creative fashion.    Marital customs are very different today than they were in the 1st century.    The path that led down the isle would begin with two fathers talking about a […]

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The Ancient Roots of the Lord’s Supper

Today at sundown the Jewish people will begin to celebrate Passover. As you probably know, Passover comemorates God’s intervention and their release from slavery in Egypt. According to Exodus 12, the tenth plague was the most horrific. The eldest child in every family would die unless a lamb was killed and its blood was brushed […]

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My Mentor on Grace

We were serving together at a traditionally strong and healthy church. I was still very young and learning what it meant to lead. One day we were talking about the personality of congregations. Some love a harsh presentation from the pulpit…a hefty dose of bad news before we get the good news. Some like to […]

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My Mentor on Being Human

The interview process can be quite a dance no matter what profession you’re in. Early in that process Jim gave me a very valuable gift. I think it was the first day we spent getting acquainted he looked and me and said, “If you ever feel like you need to go to counseling, go. We have […]

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