On Transitions, and the Joy of Embracing the Unexpected

I sat at a picnic table in the backyard of my parents’ house last summer on a gorgeous Wisconsin summer morning. It was my birthday (July 26), and I was nearly four weeks into a three month sabbatical that my church had granted me and my family for seven years…

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Ash Wednesday :: On Learning to Speak

She came up to me after a service one Sunday night. Tears in her eyes, trembling, she was still holding the sacrament in her fingers–a bit of bread, soggy and quivering, right along with her hands. “Can I ask you a question?” she said. “Should you take this if you…

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