traveling mercies (and hope, and providence)

or me, and for Rebekah, attending church on Sunday morning is so much more than something we do because it's expected, because it's a part of the "Christian" job description, or because it's force of habit. Attending worship is foundational to both the experience and the expression of our faith. I was glad when they …

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inspiration and fun with presbyterian youth

Yesterday morning it was Youth Sunday here at First Presbyterian Church of Brandon. Youth Sunday is all kinds of interesting, and - typically - comes along with mixed reviews vis-a-vis the Presbyterian modus operandi of "decently and in order" (See this week's unique "children's moment" skit by Ian and Hunter!). But worship led by our …

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smile like a baby!

I love this photograph of Rebekah and our grandson, David - because it tells a story. It tells the story of a great love that wasn't earned, wasn't won, couldn't be contrived in any way. It simply is. The scene is not posed; in fact they're not even aware of the camera. I didn't  say …

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church = doing life together, with Jesus

The parade of children that bounced its way into my church (yesterday) turned into a parade of people going back out into the world.... We sang; we celebrated; we prayed; we read God's word; and we listened to the good and challenging news of the gospel. But then we were called to leave the church …

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different kingdom, different values… same Presbyterian Church

Well, that was an exceptionally rewarding morning. I've been doing a lot of speaking lately - mostly caught up in the frenzy of the new book release - but this morning was especially meaningful because A) I was able to present material I believe in, passionately, to a large number of people in leadership, and …

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Athens: Derek and Rebekah’s Excellent Adventure, Day One

Question: Define "Epic Adventure?" Answer: Four continents (North America, Europe, Africa and Asia); countess World Heritage sites (including The Acropolis, the Great Pyramids, Petra, Caesarea, Megiddo...); climbing Mount Sinai; and much, much more. My goal this week is to invite you all along for the ride. But hold on, it's going to a wild one! OFF-LINE FOR 14 …

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Hanging out with St. Francis of Assisi…

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day. Genesis 1:31 Yesterday was Sunday, our second day in Assisi. We started by worshiping with the Anglican congregation that meets in a 14th Century building just a few hundred yards from our hotel. …

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Social Media – “Church As It Happens”

My publisher is always telling me I need to be "cutting edge" in my use of social media. That's how I got into blogging, and I appreciate the nudge Upper Room Books gave me to get my "on-line journal" going. It's also why I'm on facebook. Again, I'm glad I'm involved, and I value the …

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The Gospel of Peace

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. Jesus - John 13:34-35 Yesterday was a rich day; complex, nuanced and deeply layered. The …

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Rock-‘n-roll, baby…

It may well be true that I am backed up, over-commited, pressed up against some hairy deadlines and seriously behind in two-three big projects. But, and this is fundamental to the life-charged life, I also understand how critically important it is that I maintain some  balance. If not, then how could I possibly begin to …

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