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I trust my weekly reflections has lifted and challenged your spirit.

For several months I have related these reflections to my sermon for the coming Sunday. More recently, including most of July and August, I have posted my weekly reflections both here and at the website for the congregation I now serve, Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church. You can also access audio of the related sermons in those posts.

Beginning this week those reflections will only be posted on the church website. If you…

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Ready or Not

If temptation were like a lion roaring in the jungle, one might turn and run the other way. But temptation is more like a tiny snake, hiding among the path were one might walk, able to slip through the narrowest crack, then inject its poison before one might react.

A thousand years or more ago a well-disciplined armed unit could readily withstand arrows by marching tightly together, with soldiers on the outside holding their shields side-by-side forming walls around the group while soldie…

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Reflections

In the early 1980’s Chrysler Corporation nearly went bankrupt their stock price had dropped from about $8 per share to under $2. Lee Iacocca, became their CEO and personally appeared in advertisements promising to rebuild Chrysler. I had considered buying a few hundred shares during those dark weeks for Chrysler, when bankruptcy seemed more certain than growth. The upside appeared nearly unlimited. But risking nearly a month’s pay seemed quite foolish. From this side of history, betting on C…

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Anger: The Dangerous Emotion

Preparing for this Sunday’s sermon I have seen pictures of angry people, angry dogs, angry cats, even angry birds. I suppose every animal with a spine can express anger. Anger makes us seem bigger and more powerful, ready to take on whoever or whatever has invaded our space. Anger helps us assert authority when we need defend ourselves, our home, or our loved ones, and for humans, our ideals.

But if used too freely anger can deter collaborating resulting in statements like: “I tried to te…

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One Calling

I find the process of boarding a plane perplexing. As soon as seating rows are called passengers dash for the head of the line, as if being a few steps closer might get them to their destination a few seconds sooner, or perhaps their carry-on items might find a better position in the overhead storage rack.

What if instead of striving to get one’s self quickly boarded passengers could be oriented to getting everyone seated and everyone’s baggage stowed?

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Reflections

Whenever I read the Bible I recognize intersections between my life and in the world around me. For nearly two years this blog captured some of the intersections that I recognized.

Bible Study

Take a look over my shoulder as I prepare this week’s sermon. Each week I prepare about two pages of study notes. Please comment on how the selected passage intersects with your life.

My Books

The characters who live within the pages of my stories reflect some of the interesting people I have met in my various careers and travels. Some may resemble people who sit with you in church or at the coffee shop.

An interim pastor narrates these stories, a role that I have enjoyed.

Tech Advice

Check out the free or inexpensive tools I have found.

Recipes

Some people eat merely to live, I love the taste and texture of food. I hope you will also enjoy making and eating some of my favorites.