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Why Advent?

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Part 3 of series: Introduction to Advent Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post, I told the story of my Advent beginnings. When I started out as pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church in 1991, […]

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Advent Devotional: The Lighting of the First Candle

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This is an excerpt from my Advent Devotional Guide that uses the Advent wreath. If you have a real wreath, you can use it, either alone, or with others. If you don’t have a wreath, follow this guide, and you […]

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Advent Beginnings

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Part 2 of series: Introduction to Advent Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In yesterday’s post, I explained the timing and purpose of Advent, as well as its unexpected color scheme. I closed by noting that Advent […]

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Advent Approaches . . .

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Part 1 of series: Introduction to Advent Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series This coming Sunday is the first day of Advent. If you’ve been reading my blog for more than a year, you know that I […]

Thanksgiving

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READ Psalm 100:1-5  Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4 On this Thanksgiving Day, we Americans are encouraged to pause and give thanks to God. In […]

And Don’t Forget to Thank People Too!

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I’ll never forget something I heard at the baccalaureate service that was part of my graduation from college. As I sat in the Memorial Church of Harvard University, the President of Radcliffe College (part of Harvard) said something like, “The […]

A Brief History of Thanksgiving

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For several years, it has been my history to put up a bit of Thanksgiving history during the week prior to the holiday. So, once again, here is a brief history of Thanksgiving. Severnal years ago I asked my six-year-old […]

Finding the Heart of Thanksgiving

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As you know, on Thursday we celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Yet for many of us, that day is so full of activity that we actually have little time for intentional, extended giving thanks to God. So, as has been my tradition […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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The Ingredients of Salvation READ Psalm 85:1-13  Unfailing love and truth have met together. Righteousness and peace have kissed! Psalm 85:10 Usually, when Christians talk about salvation, we point to being saved from sin and death through the sacrifice of […]

Photos from the Capitol

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Yesterday, my family and I visited the Texas Capitol, the center of the state government in Austin, the capital. We were there for my daughter to be reconized for getting second place in the National History Day competition last summer. […]

Three Top Website Recommendations

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Today, I want to recommend three great websites. I have been visiting these websites for several years with great appreciation. I have recommended them before, but they’re worth another shout out. Holy Land Photos This website offers thousands of photos […]

Laity Lodge on Worship Team Training

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Worship Team Training is a ministry that provides inspiration, training, and resources for worship leaders, especially but not only those who lead in contemporary contexts. Worship Team Training offers a whole-person approach to the training of worship leaders, focusing on […]

Fall in the Texas Hill Country, Part 2

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Here are a couple more photos, taken at Laity Lodge last weekend. Enjoy!

A Great Thanksgiving Tradition

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In this post I want to tell you about a great Thanksgiving tradition. Yes, yes, I know Thanksgiving Day comes a week from Thursday. But I’m putting up this post in the hopes that there still might be time for […]

Earl Palmer at Laity Lodge

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Earl Palmer taught at Laity Lodge this past weekend, leading a retreat for Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church. I know that many of my blog readers are familiar with Earl, but if you’re not, let me give a brief bio. Earl, […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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The Purpose of God’s Judgment READ Psalm 83:1-18 Utterly disgrace them until they submit to your name, O LORD. Psalm 83:16 Psalm 83 is one of those psalms we don’t know what to do with. It was written in response […]

Fall in the Texas Hill Country

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A couple of pictures I’ve snapped in the last week. First, the Guadalupe River as it passes through Mo Ranch, a Presbyterian conference center near Hunt. Cibolo Creek in the Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne.

THE BIRDS in Texas

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No, not the Alfred Hitchcock movie. Rather, an invasion of Grackles in Kerrville, Texas. One time I left my car in the San Antonio airport, cleverly parked under a tree for shade. Or so I thought. I turns out that […]

Honoring Veterans Today

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Today is Veterans Day, a day set aside to honor those who have served in the armed forces of our country. Once known as Armistice Day, to commemorate the armistice that brought an end to the hostilities in World War […]

Check out TheHighCalling.org!

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Would you like to have access to literally hundreds of articles and audio clips that help you relate your faith to your work? If so, then you should check out TheHighCalling.org. If you visit my website very often, no doubt […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Honey from the Rock READ Psalm 81:1-16 “But I would feed you with the finest wheat. I would satisfy you with wild honey from the rock.” Psalm 81:16 In Psalm 81, the Lord invites Israel to receive the very best […]

Could Virtual Church Enhance Physical Church? Surprising Confirmation from the Pew Research Center

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Part 8 of series: The Challenge and Opportunity of Virtual Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series The Pew Internet and American Life Project, a project of the Pew Research Center, has just released the results of […]

Michael Lindsay at Laity Lodge

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Laity Lodge was honored to have as Dr. Michael Lindsay as a speaker at our recent Leaders’ Retreat. Michael is a professor of sociology at Rice University and an award-winning author. His recent book, Faith in the Halls of Power, […]

Is Virtual Church Enough? A Theological Response

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Part 7 of series: The Challenge and Opportunity of Virtual Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post in this series I offered an existential response to the question: Is virtual church enough? I […]

Is Virtual Church Enough? An Existential Response, Section 2

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Part 6 of series: The Challenge and Opportunity of Virtual Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post, I suggested that, though virtual church has many benefits, a personal cannot experience everything church is […]

Is Virtual Church Enough? An Existential Response, Section 1

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Part 5 of series: The Challenge and Opportunity of Virtual Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post in this series I made what I consider to be the strongest case for virtual church. […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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The Wrath of God READ Psalm 79:1-13 Pour out your wrath on the nations that refuse to acknowledge you— on kingdoms that do not call upon your name. Psalm 79:6 Most Christians I know don’t like to think about the […]

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