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The One Thing That Still Surprises Me

There is one thing that still surprises me after sixteen years of ministry. It is death. Death catches me by surprise every single time. The most recent surprise was the loss of a new member, Carla. Lee and Carla came to us about one year ago. One morning they decided to try a new church. […]

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Remember, And Please Don’t Forget

A year ago, my cousin (by marriage) died. She was thirty-one and died from complications with Cystic Fibrosis. It was long, painful, and arduous at the end. And she was a hero! Maggie wrote her own eulogy to be read at her memorial. It was hilarious and poignant and profound. I kept thinking that I hope […]

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Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Death

This week was funeral number seven for me. It’s not really that many considering I am a pastor. Funerals come with the territory. But three of those seven were family members. During the funeral yesterday, I was struck with the intense realization that death makes everyone equal. We love. We hurt. We laugh. We cry. […]

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