when death and resurrection are essentially the same idea

I thought about my friend Sandee, who would pass peacefully into her own sunset a little over an hour later (probably around sundown in Minnesota), and I thanked God for the continuous witness to the resurrection that we enjoy every single day. Continue reading when death and resurrection are essentially the same idea

Grandkids: packing a full week of action into twenty-four hours!

My job as Grandaddy Derek is to love David and Beks with the cumulative love of all these decades, to nurture them spiritually in ways I’m only now beginning to grow into, and to share with them the stories I couldn’t possibly have known thirty years ago because I had yet to live them. Continue reading Grandkids: packing a full week of action into twenty-four hours!

All things bright and beautiful

God said, “Let the earth grow plant life: plants yielding seeds and fruit trees bearing fruit with seeds inside it, each according to its kind throughout the earth.” And that’s what happened. The earth produced plant life: plants yielding seeds, each according to its kind, and trees bearing fruit with seeds inside it, each according to its kind. God saw how good it was. There was evening … Continue reading All things bright and beautiful

Bad golf and a good spiritual life

Note: (Rainbows will fall from the sky, unicorns will die, puppy-dogs will be sad, and the bad guys will win if you don’t read this post, share it with all of your friends, visit my author page at Amazon, and purchase all of my books. Just saying…) In your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands … Continue reading Bad golf and a good spiritual life

10-photo Thursday

I’ve been struck this week by how complex and varied North Carolina is this time of the year. Sunday afternoon the temps reached 81-degrees, Monday night featured a good freeze, Wednesday was the more typical wintery 45 and rainy, then – today at 10:00 in the morning – it’s a picture perfect 41-degrees with brilliant sunshine. It’s easy to forget that “average” regional temperatures are nothing … Continue reading 10-photo Thursday

applause lines, and the good people of “already great” North Carolina

all these restrictive and constrictive labels – “conservative,” “liberal,” “progressive,” “reactionary,” etc., labels so glibly applied to whole groups of people – say very little about our hearts, our dreams, and our common love for living life in freedom and joy. Continue reading applause lines, and the good people of “already great” North Carolina