Everyday Stewardship Reflections

Something Beautiful

I love the way my children sometimes clean their rooms. They will take all their stuff that is out and covering everything and shove it their closet and under the bed. If you can’t see a mess, there isn’t a mess. I was thinking about something similar these recent days when snow came down to […]

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Stewardship is Everything

I often tell people perhaps my favorite author on stewardship is usually not thought of as a stewardship writer at all: Catherine Doherty. She was like a Russian Canadian Dorothy Day, starting the Madonna House Apostolate of lay men and women and clergy who work with and live with the poor. Doherty wrote about a […]

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Goliath! You Are Going Down!

I remember one Vacation Bible School I planned in the past years having David and Goliath roaming around all day and David had a chance to slay Goliath over and over again. The kids loved seeing our Goliath-like actor hitting the ground again and again. I guess as time went on, David didn’t seem much […]

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Sweet Jesus, It’s Cold!

I cannot believe how cold it is here in North Carolina this morning. 14 degrees! We are not well equipped for that kind of cold around here. Winter weather is our nemesis for sure. Last year, 3 inches of snow led to school being cancelled for a week! If you are reading this in the […]

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Surprised By God – Again!

After a pretty mild winter in England we are suddenly experiencing a cold patch that reminds us that it is winter. Last week I had a full ‘to do’ list and a ‘full-on’ day at work; when I saw the frost outside the idea of scraping the car was something I just didn’t need. So […]

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These People Are Gifts

When I look back over my life I see so many people who played an important role in my becoming who I am today. Some of them taught me about life, some shared with me stories that made me feel more human, and some showed me how God loves us by mirroring that unconditional love, […]

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Don’t Stay In Bed!

This morning, I called my youngest son THREE TIMES to get up and get ready for school. Do you think he got up and ran to me saying, “Here I am. You called me?” Not a chance. And he certainly didn’t respond with, “Your servant is listening.” In fact, he wasn’t listening at all. If […]

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Making Your Mark on the World

Yesterday was my daughter’s 16th birthday. What a time to reflect on all the years that have gone by, looking at photos, telling stories. She is now on the cusp of adulthood and soon she will be making choices that will impact her vocation in life. I look at here at want her to be happy. […]

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Recapturing Baptism

When Jesus sought out the Baptism of John, it was not the same baptism that you and I receive. There was no sin to wash away and no dying and rising, but it was a profound new beginning, the start of a ministry that would lead to the death and resurrection into which we then […]

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All You Need is Love

Every Christmas morning, as everyone takes turns opening presents, we play Christmas music in the background as the soundtrack for the event. This year I can’t be the only one that had changed it up a bit and something different playing on Christmas morning. Yes, it was the Beatles! Most of the Beatles catalog was […]

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The Purge

Currently, my house is in a state of purging. We just sold our roll-top desk we had for 20 years because it had become a magnet for STUFF and ultimately the desk was too big for our house. It was HUGE. Next, we are getting rid of our couch that, although very comfy, is just […]

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Looking for George Harrison

I have always had a great affection for the music and person of George Harrison. When I was a boy learning to play guitar, it was his songs that I would practice over and over. I guess I was drawn to his music because of the unique blend of sounds he used from both western […]

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