Monthly Archives: May 2012

Theology in a Dry Spell

I pray for a long night
and a following day
of slow, seeping rain Continue reading

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Intentionally Invitational

I’d love to know how many hours Randa and I have spent in conversation with each other over the past twenty-three years! Offhand, I’d guess that if we added up all the time Continue reading

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Toward Peace

We sit, then, sipping cold drinks
and watching the moon slip its way
into the branches of the pin oak. Continue reading

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Used Car Salesmen

I have a 1997 Ford Ranger pickup that has spent most of its entire life carrying more weight than it was built to carry. In that regard, it’s kind of like a few people I’ve seen in Wal-Mart. Continue reading

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Good Measure

In the strong stir of southern wind,
the long, slender limbs of locust
bend to the north in sweeping crescents
of graceful submission, Continue reading

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Blair, Kansas

There are bound to be a hundred stories here, buildings that used to host something resembling a flourishing business, once-fine houses now lived in by the last, poorest cousin of some entrepreneur, once-occupied, now empty lots including the one where they finally tore down the old school. Continue reading

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The Long Walk

Another item on the list of things Barry has not been able to buy during his unemployment is the medicine he needs for some psychological issues. “When he’s on his meds, he does great,” his girlfriend explained. “When he ain’t, look out! He’s a real bear.” Continue reading

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Lawn Chair Evangelism

Randa sat on the doorstep outside the tiny dilapidated apartment and let me have one of the folding chairs. Bryan’s girlfriend sat in the other while he leaned against the railing. The sounds of loud music and louder voices hammered along the line of doors with peeling paint and sagging gutters. Continue reading

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Five Generations of Sawdust

Whatever it is, it is joy to me, sharing this talent and interest of my father and my grandfather. Teaching my grandson and seeing him perform the work of my hands. Continue reading

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Hitchin’ Post

It used to be pretty routine for me, officiating weddings for people I didn’t know. Part of the job, goes with the territory, that’s what ministers do, etc. I’d guess that over half of the weddings I’ve done since 1975 were for people I’d never even met until they decided they wanted a legal union. Continue reading

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