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Drought

Scorching. Stifling. Suffocating. Pick your adjective. Temperatures in north Texas are expected to reach the 109-degree range this week, with the possibility of several record-setting days. Add to that the Saharan dust cloud that has traveled over 5,000 miles to torment those with respiratory issues, and we have a significant meteorological event taking place. I […]

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Myopia

Myopia: Ophthalmology. a condition of the eye in which parallel rays are focused in front of the retina, objects being seen distinctly only when near to the eye; nearsightedness (opposed to hyperopia). lack of foresight or discernment; obtuseness. narrow-mindedness; intolerance. I have a friend who was nearly blinded by a stubborn nail he pulled from […]

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Moral Vision

  My thoughts on this Fourth of July have been centered on the Civil War rather than the war for independence. It was, by far, the bloodiest war in American history. Approximately 620,000 soldiers died, or about 2% of the population. At today’s numbers, that would mean 6 million deaths. It was not just north […]

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Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,  Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men Couldn’t put Humpty together again. “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” (Isaiah 43:19) We are in a Humpty Dumpty moment, are we not? […]

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The Lizard

  The lizard was dead. My 3-year-old grandson Liam took me by the hand and led me out to the patio to visit the body. He had discovered it earlier in the afternoon. He was neither afraid nor sad but, as is common with children his age, mostly fascinated. This was a totally new experience […]

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The Harvest, PART II

There was quite a response to my annual “wheat harvest” column last week. The best was from my friend and Christ United church member Betsy Hooks, who sent me pictures from the recent wheat harvest near Vashti, Texas. The pictures include members of the Davis family, farmers who have been growing wheat in Clay County […]

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THE HARVEST

  THE HARVEST Driving through Celina on Tuesday, I saw the rising cloud of dust in the distant sky. Over the past hour, I had driven past thousands of acres of mature, yellow wheat, thinking each time, “When does it begin?” Now, as the next field came into view, I saw the big green John […]

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Pentecost

PENTECOST “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.” (Acts 2:1) There is something terribly wrong in America at this moment, and we all know it. Whether one calls it tribalism, or the fraying of our social fabric, or the rise in distrust of institutions and of one another, […]

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Listening

The wonderful early morning weather we have recently enjoyed has prompted me to share a favorite column from June 2014. Surrounded by the pitch-black night that descends in the hour before dawn, I try to still my body except for the slow, rhythmic movement of my diaphragm. This, without a doubt, is my favorite time […]

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Spending Time with Saints

I’ve been spending time lately in the garden where our church’s columbarium is located. This is partly because it is one of the nicest landscapes in our city. The trees, flowers, and fountain make it a beautiful and serene place in which to pray and meditate. But in this Easter season, I have also been […]

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