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Here we go again, to be pagan or not to be pagan

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There are perennial issues for pastors and those in church ministry. One of those is “What do you do with Halloween?” The question is always loaded and either comes from the perspective of “You better not do anything with it you punk pastor or you’re going straight to hell!” or “You’re not one of THOSE [...]

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The saddest day of the year

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Today is one of the saddest days of the year for me.  While the date on the calendar changes each year, this day always comes. It’s the last day of camp. For nearly 20 years I have done multiple weeks of camp every summer. From as few as three to as many as 12 weeks [...]

Shut the back door!

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Everyone has a weakness. That’s important to remember no matter how strong your defenses are up front. Every life has a back door, and it’s usually just a screen door. King Hezekiah, known as one of the ‘good’ kings, was the leader of God’s people during the dominating reign of the violent, powerful and merciless [...]

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These shoes are nasty

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I should’ve thrown these shoes away. There’s a lot of things I should’ve done… Like mow the yard today, put more in savings this month and eaten a well-balanced breakfast fortified with vitamins, minerals and nutrients… but, I didn’t. Even though these shoes have reached the pinnacle of ‘nastiness,’ I do have some valid reasons [...]

Oops, missed that one

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Ever felt like you missed something? Seems to be a constant for me, and yesterday was one of those days. Our little community of Hutchinson, Ks, has received some regional, if not national, news attention for a high speed chase that went right through the middle of our sleepy little rural metropolis. Mutliple branches of [...]

One Common Denominator

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Math is hard. I know math is easier for some than others, but at some level everybody must admit, math is hard. Some fall off at trigonometry, others with calculus, and some algebra. For me, saying I fall off at algebra is a stretch. I capped out somewhere near fractions. My kids lost some of [...]

I’m ready to fight

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Today has been marked by a little bit of panic. Nothing overt, no obvious danger, just something in the air. And, I know what it is… I’ve already caught myself staring into space, catching my breath and grinding my teeth. You see, today my youngest son becomes a teenager, but that alone is not really [...]

STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS AND THE SUPER BOWL

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Had a great time meeting with fellow pastors this morning for coffee, and the concept of extremes came up. Extremes in belief, extremes in politics and extremes and culture. Later this weekend millions of people will tune in to the Super Bowl. There will be millions who are rooting for Denver, and probably an equal [...]

The Christmas story before the Christmas story

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I absolutely love the Christmas season, the Christmas story, Christmas cookies… I just love Christmas. I love Santa, reindeers and claymation movies, but they are all a distant second to my absolute favorite part of Christmas… The story of Jesus. I am a bible believing, theologically fundamental Christian. I know that doesn’t make me popular [...]

Decide now so you will be ready then…

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Decide now so you will be ready then… Today is a difficult day. I love the holiday season that we are in, but my desire to experience the peace and joy of Christmas is hampered by… well… reality. A government that is less than inspiring of confidence. Friends, very sick and scared family members. A [...]