Author Archives: the Grove

  • The Curator

    Posted on October 19, 2016 by in Uncategorized

    I couldn’t stop thinking about Khalid al-Assad, even before I knew his name.  The BBC was reporting that archaeologists had replicated some ancient statues destroyed by ISIS.  In passing, the reporter mentioned that a museum curator had been beheaded by ISIS when he refused to reveal the locations of artifacts he had hidden from the […]

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  • More Mules, Less Racehorses

    Posted on September 15, 2016 by in Uncategorized

    In 1976, as part of the nation’s bicentennial celebrations, two Midwestern salesmen sponsored ‘The Great American Horserace.’  The 3,500 mile race lasted 14 weeks and incorporated portions of the Oregon Trail, Pony Express Routes and even the journey of the doomed Donner Party.  The Western Horseman magazine advertised it as ‘the adventure of a lifetime […]

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  • A Better Time For John

    Posted on March 11, 2016 by in Uncategorized

    It’s always seemed strange to me when John the Baptist shows up in our worship services before Christmas.  Much better to consider his witness here–as we remember the final days of Jesus’ life on earth.  John–clothed in a camel skin pelt, bits of locust husks stuck between his teeth, sucking on wild honey.  John with […]

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  • A Backwards Lent: (what if) You’re Doing It Wrong

    Posted on March 11, 2016 by in Uncategorized

    It’s not too late to ‘do’ Lent–to invite the Holy Spirit to lead you in making these sacred days a time of spiritual renewal.  If you’ve been avoiding it–maybe that’s because you’ve been thinking about it all wrong… It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let […]

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  • I dread Ash Wednesday

    Posted on February 10, 2016 by in Uncategorized

    I love night church.  There’s something about gathering together in the sanctuary when its dark outside that makes worship feel more holy. The most ordinary tasks–lighting candles, making music, sharing communion feel like a sacred act of protest, a witness to otherwise, light overcoming the darkness.  Outside is darkness and cold and separation, but inside […]

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  • A Letter to Cara

    Posted on October 22, 2015 by in Uncategorized

    I have a friend who is doing something hard for God,  this is the letter I wrote to her.   I’m sharing it here because I think that sooner or later, if we’re serious enough about foolishly following Jesus—we all end up where she is.  And when we get there—we need these words Dear Cara, The […]

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  • Saul’s Armon & Kelly Gissendaner’s Song

    Posted on October 9, 2015 by in Uncategorized

    When David went out on the field to deliver lunch to his older brothers that day, he decided to fight a giant instead.  I get that.  Sometimes, something must be done.  And if it can’t be done by those who are smarter, stronger and more talented, then that leaves me.  I understand being foolish enough […]

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  • Coffee With Brennan

    Posted on September 30, 2015 by in Uncategorized

    I had coffee with Brennan Manning this morning,* and he said something suspiciously simple—“if we could free ourselves from the temptation to make faith a mindless assent to a dusty pawnshop of doctrinal beliefs, we would discover with alarm that the essence of biblical faith lies in trusting God.” (Mindless  assent, has he ever met […]

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  • Coffee With Brennan

    Posted on September 30, 2015 by in Uncategorized

    I had coffee with Brennan Manning this morning,* and he said something suspiciously simple—“if we could free ourselves from the temptation to make faith a mindless assent to a dusty pawnshop of doctrinal beliefs, we would discover with alarm that the essence of biblical faith lies in trusting God.”  (Mindless  assent, has he ever met […]

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  • Why I’m Wearing Jeans to Church Tomorrow

    Posted on August 29, 2015 by in Uncategorized

    On October 31, 1517 a priest named Martin Luther nailed a piece of paper to a door in Wittenberg, Germany.  That act is usually cited as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation—and it’s also the reason I’m wearing jeans to church tomorrow. So Martin Luther realized that the church had missed the mark on a […]

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