Personal Pronouns

My editor asked me to rewrite the piece I was working on, using no personal pronouns. It seemed like an impossible request. Everything I do has some sort of personal reference.  When I get in my car I am thinking about where I want to go.  Or, when eating, what will taste good to me.  Or, when... Continue Reading →

Getting What You Pray For

Samuel was a prophet in Israel and came to this role in the eleventh century B.C. He was the last leader of the nation before the first king, Saul, was appointed. The times during which Samuel acted as national leader were not good times. Fraught with idolatry and rebellion, the nation repeatedly lost her way... Continue Reading →

Boxers or Briefs

Laetitia Thompson, age 17 was one of the two hundred 16-20 year-olds present for the MTV “Enough is Enough” town hall meeting in Washington, D.C.  Held on April 19, 1994, the meeting was supposed to explore the issue of violence in America with, then president, Bill Clinton. Questions ranged from teen suicide to handgun legislation... Continue Reading →

Conversation in Paris

On an early Sunday morning in 1999 we went down into the Paris subway to begin the next leg of our trip - Normandy and the D-Day beaches. Since it was very early in the morning there weren’t many people in the subway, and it caught our attention when we heard American voices? “Where are... Continue Reading →

Y2K

Remember the AD 2000 scare about the effect of the new millennium on computers all over the world? Y2K was the name of the scare, and it drove doomsday-ers to their local stores to stock up on supplies for a world catastrophe in the computer realm. Frantic questions circulated about whether planes would drop from the sky... Continue Reading →

Gallows On a Church Lawn

William Willimon, Dean of the Chapel at Duke University, once told a group of pastors about the outrage of a parishioner when a gallows, complete with noose, popped up on the front lawn of the Duke Chapel. The Wilmington Morning Star reported that the gallows was part of the set of a movie being filmed... Continue Reading →

In the Wilderness

Our canoe trip began from our outfitter’s camp near Ely, Minnesota.  A canoe, two fishing poles, and three backpacks sat on the boat dock, along with our waterproof map.  After my son and I gave our canoe a test spin, we put the packs into the canoe and slipped off into the BWCA.  Our map... Continue Reading →

Granddad’s Garden

I did not expect the reverie that overwhelmed me As I walked up to the lovely Bear Creek home. It was dignified, expensive, and well-coiffed Much too nice for the smell of manure that greeted me As two workers tilled the natural fertilizer into flower beds.   What greeted me was the spring smell of... Continue Reading →

Jephthah’s Rash Vow

Jephthah made a rash vow. In the heat of battle Jephthah asked God to help him win a battle against his enemies, the Ammonites.  As a thank you gift, Jephthah promised to sacrifice the first person who came out the door to welcome him after the battle. Huge debates arise over whether Jephthah meant a... Continue Reading →

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