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Friday, 15 June 2018 Category Musings
I was grabbed recently by Frederick Buechner writing this in his book Wishful Thinking: “Only God is holy, just as only people are human. God’s holiness is God’s goodness. To speak of anything else as holy is to say that it has something of God’s mark upon it. Times, places, things, and people can all be holy, and when they are, they are usually not hard to recognize.”  It’s the places I have been thinking about. Places like...a hospital room. Wednesday night after several meetings I drove...
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Friday, 08 June 2018 Category Musings
The leadership teams of Hollywood Pres were busy last weekend.  Session had its Elders Retreat Friday night and all-day Saturday. The Deacons retreated in the Mears Center on Sunday afternoon. In both settings, we spent time talking about...the Church. And our church. Of course we did. These were times for our leaders to revisit or think deeply about what kind of community God is calling us to be.  Between the two settings, we read several scripture texts, looked at our Vision Stateme...
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Thursday, 31 May 2018 Category Musings
I am increasingly appreciative of the value of things being done well over a long period of time. When Eugene Peterson wrote his book A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, he borrowed the title from an unlikely source- the atheist (debatable, perhaps) philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Peterson’s book is a reflection on Psalms 120-134. The title helps me remember that God often meets us in the ordinary, as we persistently follow him through various situations and seasons of life. The truth is, t...
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Friday, 25 May 2018 Category Musings
Once upon a time. That’s the classic way to begin a story, at least the fairy tale type. Once upon a time...something happened.  Lately I’ve been thinking about the idea that every one of us is living out a story. Our lives have beginnings, they have characters and plots and surprises and twists and turns and, of course, endings. It is true for every single one of us.  One of my favorite things about being a pastor is that I get to hear the stories of people’s lives. When I sit down w...
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Thursday, 17 May 2018 Category Musings
It’s funny how we can utterly ruin good words by distorting their meaning or just plain overuse. Our Christian vocabulary is littered with the corpses of words that have become so cliché as to seem meaningless. But oddly enough, one word we use quite a bit still retains something of its original power-  grace. Even the derivative words like graceful or gracious conjure up immediate images of beauty, gentleness or favor. Certainly, when grace is held in theologically adept hands like those ...
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Friday, 27 April 2018 Category Musings
The title sounds like a tabloid headline near the grocery store check-out stand, doesn’t it?  But that’s not what I’m thinking about.  On Tuesday night our elders and staff met for our monthly Session meeting. As I plan the agendas for those meetings, the goal is to spend roughly half our time on “business”- looking at finances, talking about property issues, approving baptisms, hearing ministry updates. The other half is for what I call “content”- times for prayer, small group discuss...
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Friday, 20 April 2018 Category Musings
Anne and I hit a milestone this week- Wednesday the 18th of April marked the 43rd anniversary of our FIRST DATE!  We were sophomores in high school, and through the wily manipulation of a mutual friend, we ended up going to the Spring Barn Dance together. Yes, we both lived in urban Seattle, but the dance had a "barn" theme.  Go figure.  We both wore jeans and checkered shirts. The picture shows us standing awkwardly (we hardly knew each other) in front of a bale of hay, and me ho...
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Thursday, 12 April 2018 Category Musings
“Mom, I’m alive. Come pick me up.”  That message was the joyful finale to a story which began on Easter afternoon in Griffith Park. I told it at the Lord’s Lighthouse on Sunday.  Some kids were playing in the park, managed to enter an area that was fenced off and climbed onto the roof of an off-limits old maintenance building. Thirteen-year old Jesse Hernandez was jumping on some boards covering a large pipe when they gave way, and he fell twenty-five feet down into a large sewer syst...
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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 Category Musings
Carl Sandburg once said “Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.” The best poetry paints pictures, moves and stirs us even when we don’t totally understand it.  I don’t consider myself a poet, though I love poetry.  Two or three time a year I will scratch out a few lines or the outline of something to come back to later.  Occasionally a real poem emerges.  However, every year since 2001 I have “received” a poem during Lent. I never really sit down to think about it, but ...
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Friday, 23 March 2018 Category Musings
Life is full at Hollywood Presbyterian.  Having made it through the Westboro Baptist pickets, the Ides of March, the LA Marathon Sunday, Lenten Small Groups and Wednesday evening services in Wylie Chapel we find ourselves rather abruptly staring at Palm Sunday. It is the beginning of Holy Week. This means that as next week unfolds, we will follow Jesus on the way to the cross. That journey is prayed through, studied and ruminated on in various ways in the worshipping life of our community....
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