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Livin’ on a prayer at the YMCA

The bass is pounding. Beads of sweat are running down my arms, and I screw up my face in a herculean effort as I lift the bar once more. There are only four kilos of weight on each end, but it feels like a million. My legs are trembling and my muscles are screaming in (read more…)

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Rest for the weary

Don’t be too jealous, but see that photo up above, in the header? That’s where I am, right now, as you’re reading these words. It’s a retreat center called Laity Lodge in the middle of the Texas Hill Country, along the Frio River, and it’s not an exaggeration to say that it’s quite possibly my (read more…)

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Will the real St. Valentine please stand up?

Valentine’s Day. I know, I know – you either love it or hate it (but you probably hate it). What’s the deal with this holiday, anyway? Flowers, chocolate, conversation hearts…how exactly did February 14 come to stand for all of this craziness? Now that I’m older and my own children are exchanging Valentines with classmates (read more…)

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2014: Sing a new song

It’s January 1, 2014. Happy New Year! What can be said about the New Year that hasn’t already been said? Resolutions, goals, plans, schemes, and dreams…each year, we arrive at December 31 with tired, weary, or worn-down hearts, and we look at the new year ahead and dream of new starts and fresh beginnings. There (read more…)

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Advent Gatherings: anticipation through life in community

It was 5:00 pm this past Sunday evening, and our home was filled with the delicious aroma of chicken taco soup, simmering away in both crockpots on my kitchen counter. We had apple cider ready to heat up and a jug of eggnog in the fridge. Our Advent wreath graced the center of our large (read more…)

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