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A STITCH IN TIME – Getting to the core to do the proper thing the proper way.

2019-06-26T12:51:39-04:00

The watches you see belonged to my grandfather (left - with a new strap) and my father (right). They now belong to me. One day they will belong to one of my sons. What is amazing to me is that these vintage watches still keep good time - even though they are wind-up [...]

A STITCH IN TIME – Getting to the core to do the proper thing the proper way.2019-06-26T12:51:39-04:00

HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS IN FAMILY AND COMMUNITY – Let the empty chair speak.

2019-06-26T12:12:44-04:00

There is a Jewish tradition of leaving an empty chair for the prophet Elijah at the Passover meal - known as a Seder. It involves a cup of wine, a message of liberation and redemption and the returning of Elijah to his people. A Seder meal also is rich in tradition and the [...]

HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS IN FAMILY AND COMMUNITY – Let the empty chair speak.2019-06-26T12:12:44-04:00

AN INSIDE LOOK AT CMUC
A new kind of church parking lot meeting.

2019-06-26T11:50:31-04:00

Forgive me for writing a community-centric blog. It’s just that I am so proud to be serving the churches I serve. (Sometimes on Sunday, when I pray with choir, I leave my mic on so everybody get’s an inside look at the choir, who consistently deliver in the background. It's a humble form [...]

AN INSIDE LOOK AT CMUC
A new kind of church parking lot meeting.
2019-06-26T11:50:31-04:00

PUTTING YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD – The Journey Series is on deck at Carleton Memorial.

2019-06-26T11:47:16-04:00

Does church make a difference? Does it have it applications in the real world? Is it worth your time even? Consider yourself encouraged to attend our upcoming sermon series that - yes - will be worth your time. This series is about how we walk - both physically and spiritually - and how [...]

PUTTING YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD – The Journey Series is on deck at Carleton Memorial.2019-06-26T11:47:16-04:00

UNBUTU
“I am because we are.”

2019-04-12T12:01:34-04:00

Unbutu is a southern African philosophy that says that we become people through other people. Never in my lifetime have these words seemed so far off, and not because they come from Africa. I’m sorry. I don’t mean to be negative. But it’s true. Ours is a very self-centered society. Collectively, our hearts [...]

UNBUTU
“I am because we are.”
2019-04-12T12:01:34-04:00

THE DIFFICULTY IN DEALING WITH YOUR BEING DIFFICULT. Making the merry-go-round stop.

2019-01-18T10:20:02-04:00

Have you ever felt like that person singing in the choir who doesn’t clue in that it’s not the choir singing off key, it’s them? Or being the one person who’s marching off time wondering why everybody else has got it wrong?I must say, there are days when I feel like that person. And, [...]

THE DIFFICULTY IN DEALING WITH YOUR BEING DIFFICULT. Making the merry-go-round stop.2019-01-18T10:20:02-04:00

A NEW YEAR’s START – The grief journey of depth over distance.

2019-01-11T09:39:26-04:00

A wise woman who was travelling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to [...]

A NEW YEAR’s START – The grief journey of depth over distance.2019-01-11T09:39:26-04:00

HOME and THE HEART. A prayer for Christmas.

2019-01-18T12:19:43-04:00

Jesus once said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Some scholars believe that when he said it, this was a new thought in the world. Regardless, today it’s such a powerful image that it is taken as a universal truth. And as I sit here in my office, [...]

HOME and THE HEART. A prayer for Christmas.2019-01-18T12:19:43-04:00

THE LUNACY OF “DIVIDED WE STAND” – A lesson to be remembered.

2019-01-18T12:19:53-04:00

(Trigger warning - this story includes facts about the Holocaust) My father once took us to a place where evil had transpired. The smell of it lingered but sensing the precise odor really depended on a spiritual mindset. To those in a self centered place, the odor may have come only in [...]

THE LUNACY OF “DIVIDED WE STAND” – A lesson to be remembered.2019-01-18T12:19:53-04:00

THANK YOU – It’s been a test of faith to hear from you.

2018-07-17T12:39:54-04:00

So here I am, the second to last blog before I take a summer break and NOT SO IDLE THOUGHTS goes into reruns. This week, I’d like to pause to say thank you. Gratitude, I have discovered over the years, opens your eyes to beauty, even in the midst of trial - or [...]

THANK YOU – It’s been a test of faith to hear from you.2018-07-17T12:39:54-04:00