world hunger and my kitchen

This afternoon I have a strong sense of wonder at how comfortable and convenient my life is. Here’s what has sparked my thinking. Right now (Saturday afternoon) I’m sitting at the kitchen counter in our air-conditioned home, working at my laptop computer and sipping a glass of wine. I can see the PGA golf championship…

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family archeology and story-telling

ack in 1920, 19-year-old Reed Alexander married 17-year-old Mary Roquemore. The couple lived in Athens, Georgia, where they had five boys. Billy died as an infant, Peter was lost at sea (the U.S.S.Angelina) in WW2, and the others – Robert, Charles, and George – all became Presbyterian ministers. Money was scarce between the wars, so…

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faith: the pause that refreshes

his blurry photograph is the latest example of my “every picture tells a story” credo. So, yes, I admit to pulling out my iPhone and “snapping” a quick photo-op during a mid-day prayer service down at the Presbyterian Church of Bloomingdale. Every month, on the 7th day (even when it falls on a Sunday), the…

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collections, and stories, and you

I’m not 100% sure where I’m going with this, but this photograph of Rebekah’s freshly cleaned blue bottles (some of them) is too cool to pass up. I guess everyone has some kind of collection. Sometimes they’re “un-collections.” You know, those items that people THINK you collect, and then they start to multiply even though,…

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technology and relationships

This weekend I’m sharing a few thoughts about communication. Unfortunately, we live in a culture where many people seem to lack the fundamental skills necessary to discuss dissimilar viewpoints without shaking their fists, yelling, and becoming defensive and belligerent. Sadly, today’s cutting edge communication technologies seem to have achieved little other than exacerbating the problem…

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Scripture – Beauty in the Struggle

The conversation at my men’s small-group Bible-study Wednesday evening was – as usual – “most excellent;” deep; verging on powerful. We’re reading Philip Yancey’s classic book The Jesus I Never Knew. The discussion topic was The Beatitudes, from Matthew Chapter Five. The question I posed was: “There are so many varying interpretations of these foundational sayings…

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