“Swords are for emergencies… like bears or slugs.” — Ezekiel Mr E grabs his nerf sword and slides it through the back of his t-shirt. Now he is ready for anything and runs around the house and backyard. His quote explains it all. While I have encountered a lot of slugs (stomp!), I have not […]

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“Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer…” (v28) Ponder the church where a missionary must say, “Stop stealing.” My brother is a pastor in downtown Independence. A once wealthy middle class area now blighted. Many churches struggle to make the transition. Many churches change locations. But this church is as diverse as the community.  […]

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Q Who?

In new testament studies there’s a proposed lost gospel. As you know the three synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) are very similar. It has been theorized that Mark, the shortest, was used as a guide by Luke and Matthew. Yet there are sections of Matthew and Luke, not included in Mark, that are nearly […]

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Toilet Meditation

Yesterday Ezekiel set up a stool and a upside down laundry basket outside the bathroom. Then he found Meg. She was now, with a seat and table for her coffee, ready to join him for bathroom time. He does not like to be alone. Which I find hilarious, because my bathroom routine is the exact opposite. Even Mr […]

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Over the weekend I developed a cold. Congested, cough, sore throat. Nothing major, but no one wants to risk others. So I went to the church early Sunday and filmed the welcome, prayer time, and message. All alone I hit record then hurried to the stage. As I rushed back to hit stop, I wondered […]

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