• Archive for December, 2017

    Divine Detours

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    “When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. -Acts 16:7 This is not the first “No” Paul received on this missionary journey. A verse earlier, we read that Paul and Timopthy were also denied entry to preach in Asia-...

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    Sabermetrics and Pastoral Success

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    I was texting a little with Spriggs tonight, and he asked the question, “If you were a pastor or leader, how would you measure success in your ministry?” It’s a good question, and I suppose, in some ways, it’s a very American question, as success is historically an American preoccupation. Not that there is...

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    Going for Broke

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    Today was a pretty good day, despite the fact my back has really bothered me all weekend. My back is weak, and that’s all there is too it, and the fact I don’t try to strengthen it and spend most every day sitting doesn’t help it much. But when you can’t move from lying...

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    Eleventh-and-Five-Sixth Hour

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    It is 12 until midnight, and I am at the end of another day, forcing up another post before the clock rolls over into a new day. I know, come January, I will free myself of the requirement to post something everyday on here like I have tried to do this year. Much of...

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    Poverty

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    “Poverty is not the absence of money, but the absence of possibilities. The absence of hope. When someone loses hope, poverty has won. The opposite of poverty is ‘enough’.” – Conversation with Spriggs

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    Late Night Thoughts

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    After work, I went home and took a nice quiet nap this evening and then went to my sister’s, where we finished roasting the last of the chile crop. We ended up with 6 snack bags of chopped mild pepper, and 2 snack bags of the hotter peppers minced up. It was the coldest...

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    Ignore the Immaterial

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    I don’t have a lot tonight. Enjoyed dinner out with my sister’s sons last night, and out with my folks tonight. I keep going back to Hillerman’s bio, because every time I listen to it, I get something new from him to think about. After Hillerman was discharged from the army and the war...

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    Evening Snaps

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    The last few nights I have tried to use some time after work to try and understand how to take a twilight photograph when the camera is in manual mode. Monday evening’s efforts were very crude because I basically dove into the activity pretty uninformed- and when I really wanted to get a nice,...

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    The Wounded Soldier

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    Honestly, I think my favorite part of the last few days has been when I have been driving around and, consequently, listening to the Tony Hillerman memoir. The book has been especially interesting at this point in the story because Hillerman is nineteen and wandering around in France and Germany as a grunt, an...

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    Alarmed

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    It was a homebody Sunday today, punctuated by cleaning up, a chile roast, and game night this evening. The chile roast was probably the biggest event of the day because I did it in the house mid-afternoon, set off my smoke alarms, and then realized after roasting the chiles that I did not have...

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