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Some Reasons to Like California

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I thought I’d share with you some visual reasons to like California, where I am currently on vacation with my family. I lived in California for most of my life until a move to Texas three years ago. I love […]

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Only in . . . California?

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If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that, upon occasion, I pause to marvel at the wonders of Texas. My “Only in Texas” series often includes tasty tidbits from the Boerne Star, my local newspaper. […]

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California Memories

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My family and I are in California for the holidays, seeing family and friends, hanging out at old haunts, etc. The other day I took a walk along one of the lakes in Irvine. (Yes, it is man-made.) Texas has […]

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Some Things I’ll Miss About California, Part 4

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Yes, I’ll miss California’s ocean, and the High Sierra, and preaching to my congregation at Irvine Presbyterian Church. I’ll miss the Regatta Café, my favorite restaurant, not to mention In-N-Out Burger. (My taste in food runs the gamut.) I expect […]

Some Things I’ll Miss About California, Part 3

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Preaching at Irvine Presbyterian Church. I’ll miss preaching to what was for sixteen years my congregation. (Photo below: a pan of the congregation on my last Sunday at Irvine Pres.) Preaching is a huge privilege. The chance to study God’s […]

Driving . . .

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I haven’t had opportunity to blog today. Had too much fun driving from California to Texas. Just over 1300 miles. Can’t even write a complete sentence today. Here are a couple of photos. Saw lots of this. And this. Yes, […]

Some Things I’ll Miss About California, Part 2

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Yesterday I wrote that I will miss the Pacific Ocean. That’s surely true. But my favorite part of California isn’t the coastline, but rather the High Sierra. I have loved hiking in these magnificent mountains, either by myself, or with […]

Some Things I’ll Miss About California

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If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that, after sixteen years, I have just finished up as pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church in California. As of today, I am officially the Senior Director and Scholar-in-Residence for Laity […]

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? Conclusions
In this series on the death of Jesus, I have presented four different perspectives on why Jesus had to die: Roman, Jewish, Jesus’, and Early Christian. I believe that each of these points of view has merit, and that we cannot fully understand ...

posted 2:47:39am Apr. 11, 2011 | read full post »

Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling
Can We Find God in the City? Psalm 48:1-14 Go, inspect the city of Jerusalem. Walk around and count the many towers. Take note of the fortified walls, and tour all the citadels, that you may describe them to future generations. For that ...

posted 2:05:51am Apr. 10, 2011 | read full post »

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 3
An Act and Symbol of Love Perhaps one of the most startling of the early Christian interpretations of the cross was that it was all about love. It’s easy in our day, when crosses are religious symbols, attractive ornaments, and trendy ...

posted 2:41:47am Apr. 08, 2011 | read full post »

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 2
The Means of Reconciliation In my last post, I examined one of the very earliest Christian statements of the purpose of Jesus’ death. According to the tradition encapsulated in 1 Corinthians 15, Jesus died “for our sins in accordance with ...

posted 2:30:03am Apr. 07, 2011 | read full post »

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