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The Myth of Christianity

No, Frog Sullivan wasn’t telling the high school students at First Baptist Church that Christianity is a myth. The year was probably 1974, and I was the new Sunday School director for the huge sophomore and junior department. I didn’t really know what to do, so I invited the founding…

 

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How Do You Show You Care?

Recently, Janet Daniel posted a link from the Los Angeles Times: “How Not to Say the Wrong Thing.” While the roughly drawn concentric circles of relationships that surround the person(s) undergoing difficulties is difficult for me to understand, I have thought a lot about the text that accompanies it. It…

 

Staying Connected in Good Times and Bad

During the unfolding tragedy in Wimberley, everyone I know has kept her smart phone nearby, constantly checking Facebook and emails for the latest word on our friends. We are all engulfed in grief. Instant communication and access to information are so taken for granted today that it is hard to believe that the…

 

The Very Public Face of Mourning

Today is President John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s 98th birthday, but he is forever fixed in memory as the handsome young President of Camelot–with the elegant wife and beautiful children–shot dead in Dallas at the age of 46. Some days are markers forever. We remember exactly where we were and what we…

 

What Do You Say When There Are No Words?

Before Lev died, when I didn’t know what to say or do, I stayed away. I went to the service. I sent flowers or a donation. I wrote a note. But I learned the hard way that the ministry of presence is the greatest gift that one can give someone…