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Monthly Archives: February 2009

“I hadn’t been out to the hives before, so to start off she gave me a lesson in what she called ‘bee yard etiquette’. She reminded me that the world was really one bee yard, and the same rules work fine in both places. Don’t be afraid, as no life-loving bee wants to sting you. Still, don’t be an idiot; wear long sleeves and pants. Don’t swat. Don’t even think about swatting…. Read More

“Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new. And yet it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stages of instability–and that it may take a very long time. And… Read More—jim-martin I swear someday soon I will learn to imbed a video.  Stephen Colbert continues his word-creating roll– I love “faithflation” and I think I will adopt it as a new official term when I talk about what we can do and be as the church in these difficult times.

Picture me rushing to the mail box September 1 right before final pick-up. (This crazy, deadline-flirting style would be nothing unusual for me, as many of you know.) But when I wrote and submitted my application to The Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grants for Pastors program I knew that even if I got it there in time, my winning a grant was a long shot by far. Over 400 pastors applied this year,… Read More

. . . making chocolate cupcakes with Hannah!  Happy Valentine’s Day.

I used to think that pastors sat around thinking about following Jesus all the time. (Pause here for uproarious laughter.) However, I happened to notice the other day that I’ve been thinking a lot more than usual lately about following Jesus. I know if I mentioned it to her, my spiritual director would tell me that, if it’s on my mind, something there is worth noticing. So here’s what I’ve noticed: The… Read More

Many kind people have asked me this week if I feel relieved. You see, it was Monday afternoon when I turned my back to walk out of the doctor of ministry office at Wesley Theological Seminary, leaving my huge, final DMin project, that hovering monster who has lived with me for three years now, without one little shred of regret. I didn’t think I would miss it. And . . . I… Read More