“ME-2.0” – Surrender: not an easy lenten idea to embrace!

Somewhere around 4:00 in the morning, well before the majority of people get up and start their day, an email from the church lands in my "In-box," and it's ready for our morning devotions over breakfast. Today I'd like to highlight the series of "Lenten Surrender" devotions my faith community - Wake Forest Presbyterian Church …

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battlefield photographs from Grant’s siege of Petersburg

Saturday Rebekah and I toured the Petersburg National Battlefield, just south of Richmond. It's a tough stop to do justice to. Ten months of siege; more than 70 miles of earthworks; dozens of major engagements. The first action came on the heals of the devastation of Cold Harbor, and - but for poor communications - …

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unheralded Civil War site an inspiration

"You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven." - Jesus, Matthew 5 Today I want to share a story about hope, friendship, and the promise of …

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“War, What is it good for? Absolutely nothing…”

Just outside the town of Sharpsburg, Maryland, there is a beautiful tract of land. Rolling fields cascade down a series of inclines from The Cornfield at the northwest, and from the Dunkers Church at the west, toward the Antietam Creek that runs north to south on the east side of 4-5 square miles of farmland. In …

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“motoring” – sometimes you just drive (the photo I didn’t take)

There's a stretch of highway in Vermont, just after you cross the bridge from New York that spans the southern point of Lake Champlain, where you can simultaneously view the Green Mountains, to the east, and the Adirondacks, to the west. Yesterday evening, as the sun was setting, we did just that. As we made …

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