What are you reading this summer? I have a recommendation…

I often talk (write) about books that I'm in the process of reading. Currently I have four on the go: What's So Amazing About Grace by Philip Yancey, The Prisoner of Azkaban (book three of the Harry Potter series), a primer/sampler of writings by classic Christian thinkers (this week features Søren Kierkegaard), and (afternoons with …

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Gardening, Writing, and Publishing

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.Ephesians 2:10 - Derek Maul I have two distinct categories of content in today's post. The first is an update on the progress of the hydrangea; the second is an …

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Won’t You Join Me? A personal invitation to experience Lent 2021

“If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” - Jesus, John 8:31 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcAPyG49UfU - Derek Maul "Invitation to a Sacred Journey" (2:30) Recently, in a moment best described as either optimism or poor judgment, I committed to making a series …

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unearthing a hidden treasure

So this was a little bit exciting. I have been doing some "deep dive" work in my parents' home this week and came across this old pencil sketch from 1982. It's the ancient parish church in the quaint village of Isleham in Cambridgeshire, England. Back when I was young I used to enjoy the meticulous …

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On Curling Up With a Good Book

The unfolding of your words gives light;     it imparts understanding to minds of ordinary people. With open mouth I pant,     because I long for your commandments. - Psalm 119 Typically, first thing in the morning, I have a sense of where my writing should be going. My work usually emerges from a combination of where …

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“You can’t improvise unless you have something to improvise from”

Who will separate us from Christ’s love? Will we be separated by trouble, or distress, or harassment, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? But in all these things we win a sweeping victory through the one who loved us. - Romans 8:35,37 CEB I've shared before how vitally important it is for me to …

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how to use hymns for great conversation and more effective living…

Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. - Ephesians 5:19-20 This page has enjoyed a huge spike in views over the past few days. …

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