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Learning Lessons: I Am Who I Am

Exodus 3:14 (NRSV): God said to Moses, ‘I am who I am.’ He said further, ‘Thus you shall say to the Israelites, “I am has sent me to you.” ’ ——— I’m at the end of a much-needed vacation. During my time away, I took an opportunity to … Continue reading

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Dear Churches, Please Do Not Acknowledge Mother’s Day

After I came back from Richmond deflated from my only Christmas “celebration”, I volunteered to work Mother’s Day weekend. I likely would have worked anyway because I don’t like to go to church on that day. To explain, I have written … Continue reading

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I’m Not Gay, But That Shouldn’t Matter

I am coming out as not gay.  That’s right. I am not gay. Sounds strange to tell you that and yet, I felt I had to.  The need comes from the fact that due to how I look, how I … Continue reading

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Why Can’t We All Sit at the Same Table?

Many of my Facebook friends have been asking how the conversation went on Monday with the pastor who did a 15-week sermon series on marriage.  For those who read this blog and don’t know what I am talking about, here … Continue reading

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First Baptist, Richmond AND Alaska in One Day

Sunday, the Fifth Day of Christmastide As I continue to share the blessings I receive during the Christmastide Season, I can’t help but think of First Baptist, Richmond. I am still searching for a church to call “home” here in … Continue reading

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For Pastors and Chaplains, “Thank You” Can Go a Long Way

Since I am no longer serving in a church, I feel this sense of freedom to speak on behalf of the pastors and associate pastors that serve in congregations around the country.  And while I’m at it, I will speak … Continue reading

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Love Is An Action Verb

“Love is an action verb. You can say it all you want, but it’s what you do with it that matters.” That phrase was mentioned to me this past week, from a family member of a patient. She is the … Continue reading

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Compassionate Truth, Ode to Jim Somerville

The timing of this entry is a little off.  Sorry about that. Some things came up that I needed to take care of.  You will find out about those later. On this beautiful afternoon though, I am posting this blog … Continue reading

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Dear Churches, Please Don’t Celebrate Mother’s Day

Dear Churches, Please don’t acknowledge Mother’s Day. By all means, let’s celebrate Mother’s Day in the secular world and lift up mothers in all their glory, as they should be.  My siblings and I are taking our mother out Sunday … Continue reading

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A Year Later……for the Youth

This is the beginning of a strange week for me…one that I felt coming on for the past couple of weeks.  This week will mark a year since I had to leave Newton and move back to Richmond.  A year … Continue reading

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