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Time & Place

On two occasions today (only minutes apart), I found myself at just the right place at just the right time. Adrienne and I converse from time to time regarding our place and purpose within the Prayer League. Again and again, we conclude that this is where we are meant to be – for now, at least. I […]

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#ChallengerSky

As a young boy, I always wanted to be an astronaut. It was my dream to be the first man on Mars. It has thrilled me to follow and celebrate the recent accomplishments of SpaceX and Blue Origin. To witness advances in the field of space exploration is truly a wonder. Some months ago, Aelah […]

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Fresh Page

I suppose it is time I begin writing again. Sometimes it’s good to revisit an old song. This has been my experience of late. Simple exchange. Your will – I’m changed.

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? Instagram Questions❓

Simeon has begun asking “Why?” with great determination. Yesterday at dinner was the first time I heard his firm inquiry. I don’t think he’s yet waiting for a reasoned answer, but he’s definitely got the question down. As I began reading Subterranean by Dan White Jr., I stopped for a while to think on this statement in the preface: […]

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Into 2016

If you’ve not yet heard, a good many of us are observing the beginning of a new year. Twenty-Sixteen is upon us. Yesterday I took a personal wellness day (we are blessed at the Prayer League to be allowed one personal wellness day per month). I had the intent of reflecting on this past year […]

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Blogging in 2015

I made it an aim of mine this past year to write more. I remember years ago, while serving with Youth Encounter, teaching at Purdue, or working in outdoor ministry, I had a well-established habit of daily (or nightly) journalling. It kept me healthy. It has been my intent to reclaim this regularity. I think I […]

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Dawn in the Darkness

If you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as the noonday. – Isaiah 58:10 Here is another word (this morning’s word) from the daily text. Over the past weeks at Bethel we have been looking at what […]

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Wait for It

The revelation awaits an appointed time; though it lingers, wait for it. Habakkuk 2:3 You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. James 5:8 These were the daily texts that greeted me this morning. As I write these words, the Eastern horizon, though overcast, awaits the coming […]

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Whom Shepherds Guard

What child is this, who, laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping? Whom angels greet with anthems sweet while shepherds watch are keeping? This, this is Christ the king, whom shepherds guard and angels sing; Haste, haste to bring Him laud, the babe, the son of Mary! How many times have I sung this […]

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My Google Alphabet

I thought it would be fun to take a look at what sites Chrome is auto-filling for me these days. I suppose this might give me a good picture of where I’m spending my time online. Here are my results. A • amazon.com B • buffer.com C • coolors.co D • discuss.flarum.org E • espn.com F • facebook.com […]

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Primal Inspiration

Receptivity is the simplest, most child-like human function. What we have to re-learn is that receptivity is not a function, but the function. All other functions are by-products. The whole of life is a parable of this. — Norman Grubb Inspiration • the drawing in of breath When first air touches upon our gentle lips and our […]

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Remember Us (An Advent Song)

Oh, come, oh, come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear. Nearly 20 years ago I composed a riff that lingered upon my fingers waiting for words. The riff survived unsullied. It was only four years ago or so that lyrics were birthed, in part, I think, […]

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