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Our Spiritual Crisis

David Brooks of the New York Times pointed out earlier this week that approximately 47,000 Americans will die this year by suicide, and another 72,000 by drug overdose. We can quibble over those numbers, but why would we? Regardless of the final statistical outcome, the appalling truth is that we now live in a country […]

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Love Story

“When was the first time you knew you were loved by God?” That’s the question I asked in my sermon last Sunday. A friend later told me that her six-year old granddaughter turned to her and said, “The first time I came here.” It’s a good question to ask, is it not? If you know […]

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Loneliness in America

“Loneliness in America.” Try googling that phrase. You will only need to read the headlines to know that loneliness and social isolation are considered by many experts to be an “epidemic” in America and a looming health crisis. Dig deeper, and it will be eye-opening. People can disagree about how serious the crisis is, but […]

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Polar Vortex

Early this morning I placed a notation in my calendar for the day of August 1, 2019, which on average is the hottest day of the year in Dallas. It was a simple reminder: “Remember the polar vortex of late January 2019.” Not that I have any real, existential experience of a polar vortex. Today […]

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Perspective

“Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around.” G. K. Chesterton My twin brother has recently become engaged in tracing our ancestors using DNA technology, and he has […]

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The Light

  I once read that Gertrude Stein said of the great mystical poet and artist William Blake, “Of course he was cracked. That’s how the light got in.” These days we can do research sitting at a computer, and I could not verify that attribution. Similar quotes, however, can be found in the work of a […]

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Epiphany

Epiph·a·ny: (1) : a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something (2) : an intuitive grasp of reality through something (as an event) usually simple and striking (3) : an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure  It’s one of the best words in our dictionary, isn’t it? It used to be […]

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Time

  For many years I’ve had a fascination with time, and with the ways in which we mark its passing. For instance, at the end of Charles Frazier’s award-winning novel Cold Mountain, the widow chops down trees on the ridge of Cold Mountain to notch two places that can be seen from her home. One […]

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Once

Today, with respect for what has become a well-loved tradition, I share again one of my favorite Christmas poems. It is by author and poet Wendell Berry, a Kentucky farmer who loves the land and lives close to it. Remembering That It Happened Once Remembering that it happened once, We cannot turn away the thought, […]

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Peace

  “The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child […]

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