The architecture of my life (be a Japanese Maple)

- outside the dining room window He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. Ecclesiastes 3:11-12 This …

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More springtime photos from the garden

- looking toward my parents' home next door I have two choices here. I could write some exciting inspirational content based on my men's group this morning (we really did have an illuminating conversation that I'd love to share). Or I could drop in a few more photographs from this glorious spring weekend. I think …

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One last gasp of spectacular fall color

Wednesday afternoon, walking next door to help my parents with something, I noticed how beautiful their Japanese Maple looked, with its delicate branches just about ready to begin shedding their feathery leaves. Most of Wake Forest's trees are about done, but some are surprisingly brilliant in their last gasp. So I grabbed my good Nikon …

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In our garden, unity beats uniformity

The garden kind of reminds me of our church. We don't have uniformity so much as unity; worshippers don't think, believe, and act in lockstep, but stand as a body of believers presenting a hybrid witness to redemption and grace; in many ways, we are all over the place - but we're growing in the same garden.

planting resurrection trees for Easter morning

 "So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!" - 2 Corinthians 5:17 Blessed Resurrection Morning! Rebekah and I have a tradition over the Easter weekend. We started this back in Pensacola, and we've found it's a beautiful way to deal with the …

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moving forward – back to the garden

According to the calendar, it's May 26 and North Carolina is moving into the summer months. But I have the house wide-open again this morning, Rebekah and I enjoyed breakfast on the deck, and yesterday afternoon, after a few hours of gardening, we sat in the shade, listening to the leaves rustle and feeling the balm …

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our theology of dirt (good soil)

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each …

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