Thoughts for Mother’s Day

Skip the sugary sweet mother’s day cards. Ditch the flowers and candy. Phone calls are good. Visits are better. What mothers really need are children who accept the reality no woman is born knowing how to mother. Some, surrounded by experienced women and an engaged father, get up to speed quickly, assuring her mothering efforts go well for the most part. Some figure it out eventually via an on-the-job learning curve that leaves only minor […]

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When not to do unto others as they have done unto you.

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. (Col.3: 12-13) When Terri Roberts heard the sirens she wondered what was going on. Nothing much ever happened in her small rural community. Then her husband Chuck called and told her to meet […]

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Just A Little Bit More from Blue Ocotillo Publishing in Austin, Texas

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 7:21) Colleague and publishing friend Pastor T. Carlos Anderson started Blue Ocotillo Publishing three years ago to produce books that uplift the common good. He started with his own book, Just a Little Bit More. The title, based on a Rockefeller quote, examines the values behind the various economic theories that drive how we work and do business together. I am happy to announce he’ll be talking […]

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Turning Points

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. (Prov. 22:6 NIV) Some moments are indelibly edged in my memory. Standing in the kitchen of my old Ohio farmhouse talking by phone with the Executive Director responsible for Lutherhill in Texas is one such moment. I remember telling him why I was interested in working at Lutherhill as a Program Director. I’d taken […]

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Scrooby, England – Late 1500’s

Apparently my great-great-great something grandparents were expelled from St. Wilfrid in Scrooby because they defied the laws of the land at the time by not worshipping in this Anglican parish. They worshiped instead with the trouble-makers of their day – the Separatists.  Most people pick up the Pilgrim story with the arrival of the Mayflower in Cape Cod in 1620. They pretty much drop the story after what is widely claimed to be the first […]

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