Don’s Column

The Campfire

My two grandsons were over for a couple of days during spring break. It was a busy work week for me, and I had less time with them than I wanted. But I came home early one evening with big plans to take them outdoors to hike or ride bikes. I was all excited, but […]

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Penitent: “feeling or expressing sorrow for sin or wrongdoing and disposed to atonement and amendment; repentant; contrite.” (Dictionary.com) There is a story about Arthur Wellesley, the 1st Duke of Wellington, arriving at the communion table at the same time as a former staff sergeant who had served at his side at the Battle of Waterloo. […]

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Spring Forward!

The dreaded loss of one hour of sleep. That is our subject for today: the change to Daylight Savings Time. Technically, you are supposed to change your watches and clocks at precisely 2 a.m. this coming Sunday morning, moving them to 3 a.m. For obvious reasons, I don’t recommend that method. For years I have […]

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Easter comes late this year. April 21 to be exact. But it is not too late to be thinking about the resurrection. Additionally, it is part of our great worship tradition that every Sunday is a mini-Easter celebration of the powerful presence of the risen Christ. That is why we do not fast, even during […]

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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 […]

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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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“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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