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August. Time for the kids to go back to school, the monsoons to come and go and, for Tom, time to try to find a way to squeeze in one more trip to Flagstaff or Coronado as he waited for Iowa football to begin.
Yep. College football. Tom Shrader. Iowa Hawkeyes. 27 days until game day.
What is Your Legacy?
As I was attending chapel services earlier this week I was struck by Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Paul is writing to his dear friends in Philippi while being imprisoned, yet Paul is joyful and content knowing that Jesus “has his back.”
Paul writes, “For to me, to live is Christ, to die is gain.” (Phil 1:21)
Make America Sane Again
You are receiving the email a bit later than usual. That’s by design. Saturday afternoon I attended the memorial service of someone I have known for a long time, Jodi Dennis. I felt certain that “celebration” would cause me to be reflective and I would want to share some of those thoughts with you. I was right.
Drop the Mic
I woke up Wednesday morning, got a cup of coffee and turned on the news. I wanted to check the results of the Arizona senate race. Instead what a saw were 3 consecutive ads for “accident lawyers” who would “fight for me.” I knew officially the midterm elections were over.
If I Was a Rich Man
To me for almost 5 months Wednesday means a visit from Frank Switzer. Frank serves as the lead pastor at Redemption Arcadia. Frank is smart, educated, well informed, thoughtful and articulate. Our conversations repeatedly cover the topics of, family, theology, church, movies, books and the “state of the union.”
You CAN Fool Me
“What would you do if you won $1.6 billon?” Thankfully, over the last 3 weeks, that question has successfully muffled some of the political noise.
A Transformed Heart
Recently I made my annual pilgrimage to the cathedral dedicated to all things outdoors, the Bass Pro Shops. This store is in Mesa. To the best of recollection, I have never purchased anything at the store other that something to eat. Nonetheless, I am fascinated by the stockpile of merchandise.
Life is an Optics Problem
This week in anticipation of a future nomination to the Supreme Court, I felt compelled to pick up the high school yearbook from my senior year. A side note--my 50-year High school reunion is tonight. No, I am not attending.
Certain words and phrases suddenly appear in the culture, and their presence and usage becomes widespread. Some of these expressions disappear as quickly as they arrived, like “groovy.” Others become part of the vocabulary for generations, such as “cool.”
Why Am I Still Here?
Recently I noticed what seemed to me to be an increased advertising for companies that will help you search your genealogy; your ancestry. I didn’t know if that perception was real or imagined. So I researched it.
Located on the southeast corner of the U.S. 60 and Country Club Road is a billboard promoting Grand Canyon University (GCU). The message is, “Find Your Purpose.” The obvious implication is enrolling at GCU will help you in that important search. Although I am not the intended target of the commercial, the assertion makes me think.
Who’s on Your Guest List?
Last Saturday we staged what has become an annual tradition for Tyler, Braden, Yale and me. We are a small part of a much larger group. Reports tell us 59,300,000 Americans and Canadians will be joining us as we “wheel and deal” our way through the 2018 season of Fantasy Football. It all began a week ago with our league draft.
AA Meeting, Part 2
It’s August 30th. College football kicks off in two days. This is incredible: my grandkids have already been in school 4 weeks.
AA Meeting, Part 1
Last week when we left, Jason rose to speak, “William is right. I do have something I want to share with you. This is new to me. And it is scary for me. I am trusting all of you. I want to share something that no one except Andy knows. And even though we are best friends, he didn’t know this secret until this afternoon.”
Serving God’s Way
In true fashion Andy arrived right on time. He was never early, never late. Before he could even sit down he cautioned me, “We don’t have much time.” “Fine by me,” I answered. Every week or two we met at the end of a day “just to stay in touch.” This afternoon it was obvious neither of us had arrived with the plan of unpacking an agenda.
God is in Control, Part 2
“But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody,
It may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.”
God is in Control, Part 1
Real life is complicated and does not lend itself to simple explanations. Circumstances and events aren’t always possible to reconcile with our sense of justice. Sometimes we might never know why things happen. Why do people suffer? Why are there terrible, destructive natural disasters?
Just Be Nice
When a friend learned I was spending most of my time at home, he correctly assumed I would have an increased amount of “free time.” To help me use that time productively he generously offered to enroll me in something known as “MastersClass”.
Accurately predicting the future is often a complicated venture; however, occasionally it is an easy endeavor. For example, over the last two weeks weather experts have warned us to get prepared for the coming monsoon season. Of course, they were right.
The 4thof July has always been my least favorite holiday. I enjoy it even less than Arbor Day. Don’t get me wrong, I esteem and appreciate what we commemorate; but heat, the crowds, the mosquitoes…Yuck. John Adams recognized not just the importance of the signing of the Declaration but he also he seemed to anticipate its significance to future citizens. My version of the story goes like this.