“Why is the dog all wet?” “I baptized him!” — Ezekiel Drenching the dog would normally lead to discipline… but I couldn’t bring myself to do anything over a baptism. We got towels to dry him off and I asked Meg, “Does Appa look holier?, do you think this means he will sleep in?!” But […]

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Mouse Trap

“Now what the hell do you suppose is eatin’ them two guys?” — Last line from Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men Curly only cares about himself. He shot another man’s dog, because the old dog smelled. And at the violent, heart rending conclusion Curly has already moved on. He doesn’t understand why anyone would be troubled. […]

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Read Right

“How do you read it?” (Jesus, Luke 10:26) On Wednesday I lead a discussion with our youth on the Good Samaritan. The parable is spurred by a conversation with an expert in the Law and Jesus asks him, “How do you read it?” I asked the youth, what is the Law? Naturally they thought it […]

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On Sunday we incorporated hand sanitizer into our prayer (see below). During the week, I was awoken in the middle of the night by one child, announcing another had a stomach bug. And that bug was causing a full evacuation. Laundry and carpet cleaning ensued. Meg was also sick – I shared my cold. So […]

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“Ezekiel! Stop playing with the remo…” Then I saw the remote was sitting on the table, what is going on… bamboozled by commercial. Commercials are always an interruption, but this took it to another level. It broke my chief focus and taught me about Tubi. This Wednesday Lent begins. For many it is a time […]

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