Tales from the Great Adventure

a journal of living-like-we-mean-it, by Derek Maul

After our grandson’s “graduation” from preschool, I stayed in Richmond overnight for a couple of reasons. First, of course, the opportunity to spend a few extra hours with my awesome daughter, Naomi, her wonderful husband, Craig, and their two – how did I put it yesterday? – exuberant vessels of promise and light (aka David and …

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When I first started writing (it was short meditations for our young families class in Pensacola), I focused a lot on how God speaks through the ordinary, run-of-the-mill, normal stuff of everyday life. It seemed as if God was present and active all the time, and all we had to do was to open our …

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Elements of this story have been kicking around for years; not only is it one of my favorites, but it gets updated every Advent. This year’s twist may be one of the best. The story started somewhere around 2005, when my friend Tim brought home an endearingly freakish Christmas tree ornament from a gift exchange …

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the more years I spend on this planet, the more likely I am to err on the side of grace rather than judgment. We all walk a tightrope of indecision sometimes, and if I am going to make a mistake – which is likely – then I would rather err on the side of grace.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. – John 1:1-2 …

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I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. – John 16:33 I understand there’s going to be a lot written today in response to the fifteenth anniversary of Nine-Eleven. So I don’t want to …

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Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you through prophecy with the laying on of hands by the council of elders. – 1 Timothy 4:14 If you’ve never attended a service of ordination in the Presbyterian church, where the yoke of Christ is literally placed on the shoulders of …

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