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Monthly Archives: November 2006

I personally think part of the reason she is so popular is because Barbara Brown Taylor has the guts (and the word-smithing talent) to say what we all think inside but either can’t or won’t express out loud.Her recent book, Leaving Church, is different from her other books (it’s a memoir) but she accomplishes the same gutsy truth-telling here. Maybe she voices what only professional clergy feel, but I suspect her words… Read More

“All we need is a letter from the pastor.”That’s what the organizers of the Church Directory tell me.But I don’t want to write a letter, because I know . . . I can tell from hanging around the church office . . . that whatever goes in the church directory stands in posterity for years and years. And years.20, I believe, since the last time we did a picture directory. (To be… Read More

“True, we have to hate evil; else we’re sentimental. But if we hate evil more than we love the good, we become damn good haters, and of those the world already has too many. However deep, our anger, like that of Christ, must always and only measure our love.” William Sloane Coffin

GratitudeSend some rain, would You send some rain?‘Cause the earth is dry and needs to drink againAnd the sun is high and we are sinking in the shadeWould You send a cloud, thunder long and loud?Let the sky grow black and send some mercy downSurely You can see that we are thirsty and afraidBut maybe not, not todayMaybe You’ll provide in other waysAnd if that’s the case . . .We’ll give thanks… Read More

Calvary is such a goldmine of interesting and talented people . . . I am constantly amazed at the creative ways I am challenged to live my faith with the help of folks in my congregation. One of those folks is Caroline Armijo, who, in addition to having numerous artistic gifts, has this amazing passion to mesh faith and artistic expression. Whenever I am with Caroline, the creative part of me (a… Read More

I thought it notable that I came across something in the Washington Post today that left me speechless (very unusual). I am happy to report, however, that I’ve recovered and that I’m now searching for said product, as I could knock out a good portion of my Christmas list with its acquisition. P.S. I know Jesus said all those things . . . but did he actually look like that?

One of the many obliga . . . , uh, joys of parenthood is attending recitals.We had a little different experience Saturday. It was not the typical piano recital (though we also have, uh, get, to attend those as well). No, our daughter Hannah is particularly gifted in the dramatic arts (pause here for anyone who knows her to shout, “Amen!”) and has been taking an acting class every Saturday for the… Read More

Wow . . . amazing writing in a book I am reading: Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen. I’m shocked that I can read a passage like this . . . and identify. Sigh. “I am ninety. Or ninety-three. One or the other. When you’re five, you know your age down to the month. Even in your twenties you know how old you are. I’m twenty-three, you say, or maybe twenty-seven. But… Read More

‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children… Read More

Who writes a song like Patty Griffin? Nobody. Here are some lyrics from her song Nobody’s Crying, which, ironically, always make me cry: May you dream you are dreaming, in a warm soft bed May the voices inside you that fill you with dread Sound like thousands of angels instead Tonight where you might be laying your head I wish you well On your way to the wishing well Swinging off of… Read More