Category Archives: Personal Musings

Give thanks? Really?

Even though we are being rushed from Halloween straight to Christmas every year, we still cannot overlook the fact that next Thursday is Thanksgiving. We have the supermarket ads to remind us, if nothing else.  But this holiday is not … Continue reading

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Honoring those who serve and have served

Veterans Day, November 11, is the day we in the United States honor the men and women who serve, or have served,  in the military in the defense of our country. Whether in peacetime or war, these individuals take a … Continue reading

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Floss and Pray Daily

I recently had my semi-annual visit to the torture chamber…er, I mean, the dentist’s office, and I’m embarrassed to admit I am practically phobic about dentists. Now, I realize that dental professionals are probably perfectly charming people who only want to … Continue reading

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We need a political Reformation

With the five hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation approaching (October 31, 2017), I’ve been dipping into the history of the church and the life of Martin Luther, who unwittingly tipped the domino that started this revolution. I learned that … Continue reading

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What’s so funny?

You know how, when you read or see something that makes you laugh, you want to share it? Or when hearing someone laughing, you want to know what’s funny? It is human nature to want to share laughter. Laughing together … Continue reading

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TMI: What to do with all the awful

Fires, floods, massacres, and tragedy have abounded in recent months. Like many of you, I find the constant onslaught of bad news overwhelming. How should I respond? How can I help? It’s tempting to crawl into bed and pull the … Continue reading

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Ordained to serve

I had the privilege last week of celebrating the ordination of my daughter-in-law. It was a joyous occasion as her home church congregation and fellow clergy honored and confirmed her call to the ministry. During the ceremony, my daughter-in-law accepted … Continue reading

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Could you be a missionary?

Beginning in the 1800’s and continuing through the early Twentieth Century, the Christian churches of the United States sent many missionaries around the world to serve and witness to pagan peoples.  While the US still sends more missionaries abroad than … Continue reading

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The Seductive Side of Depression

 [Updated from original post on September 8, 2013]  People with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, are highly susceptible to bouts of depression. Researchers aren’t certain if this results from the emotional aspects of living with the limits and requirements of these … Continue reading

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Seeing beyond the obvious

I love the Bible. I love it for all the usual reasons Christians love the word of God, but I also love it because it always shows me something new. In the Harry Potter books and movies, the people in … Continue reading

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