Category Archives: Inspiration

Creation’s song of praise

I have been trying out the new camera that I will use during my sabbatical break this fall. It’s a Nikon p900–really a point and shoot camera, but known for its “superzoom” lens. For my multi-national journey in September, I need to travel … Continue reading

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FOC: Friend of Clark

Clark Howard is a consumer advocate, entrepreneurial businessman, and educator in thrift. I’ve been a follower of his work for a dozen years or more, primarily through his daily radio show, The Clark Howard Show, on the web and on … Continue reading

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Why I give through my church

My heart is moved by photos like this–families struggling with harsh realities in the wake of hurricane Sandy this week. My own family endured similar circumstances following Hurricane Katrina a few years ago. The loss of home, business, belongings (and … Continue reading

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What makes my heart sing?

I’m working on a plan for a sabbatical break from ministry. Having completed five years of service at Olmsted Community Church, it’s time–according to my work agreement–for a sabbath. Now I know fully well that there are those who would … Continue reading

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Beauty and Truth

I admire artists who use their skills to add beauty to the world. And sometimes the job of an artist is to highlight truth, even if it’s ugly. Some of the best artists simply take the elements that are around … Continue reading

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Every day, a gift

I love to watch TED Talks online–short expressions of learning and imagination that often light a spark inside my head or heart.  If you haven’t explored these videos, it’s worth doing so.  I found one today, sent my way through … Continue reading

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Curry and rice, with a dash of injustice

I’m thinking a lot about food lately. Often my food consumption goes without a lot of thought, such as a quick run to the local Subway for a sandwich which I can mindlessly eat at my desk while I read … Continue reading

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Off to India!

I will be traveling today to India with four others (including 2 from Olmsted Community Church) to begin a mission exploration of that wonderful nation.  It will be my first visit to India, though I’m traveling with Rev. Dr. James … Continue reading

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Thanks, Dr. Suess…

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Scraps and Scrolls

On my visit to Israel a few years ago, I spent part of a day at the Shrine of the Book, part of The Israel Museum in Jerusalem.  That’s where the Dead Sea Scrolls are located, and where I learned … Continue reading

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Art in motion

God’s art, the movement of the Milky Way galaxy, captured by a video artist. The Mountain from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.

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Sleep

Eric Whitacre offers a second virtual choir, selecting thousands of singers from online auditions, then blending them all together to produce a masterwork. His previous work is seen here. The current piece, Sleep, is written by Whitacre.

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Advent to Christmas

I love the traditions of sparkly lights, holiday parties, and gift giving at this time of year.  But I also know it’s far removed from that dark and lonely cave where Mary gave birth to the Son of God.  The … Continue reading

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A sermon to myself

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A wise proverb

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