A Difficult Topic – My sermon on Romans 9:1-18

On my first full day in Wittenberg (last March) our group went on a walking tour of the old city. This older area is actually pretty small, so maybe village or town would be a better description. I’m thankful for the guided tour because I would have missed some important history if I had been […]
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I Can Run Hills! A Recap of the The San Francisco (First) Half Marathon

Going in reverse order we ran the 2nd half of this race a year ago. We chose the 2nd half because my son wanted to finish near the baseball stadium…and, being a net downhill it was an easier course. The plan was to run the 1st half this year, and possibly the full marathon in 2018. […]
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“As we ought” – yesterday’s Sermon

This sermon is on Romans 8:26-39. When I first began reading (and trying to understand) scripture, this particular part of Romans 8 was very significant for me. It was confusing, annoying, and helpful. The confusing part first. Paul writes: “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray […]
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Over the last week I’ve received a few reminders of how easily we can go through life oblivious of those around us. It’s as if we get so caught up inner own thoughts or our own needs that we forget about those around us. Sometimes that forgetting leads to embarrassment, to hurt feeling, to annoyance, […]
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Thankful Living

“There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” -Romans 8:1-2 The promise is of forgiveness, of acceptance, of unmerited and unconditional grace. It is this promise that frees […]
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Stress…and Stress. Gratitude 7/10

I just started reading Peak Performance, by Steve Magness and Brad Stulberg. Two chapters in, I’m thinking about stress and its role in performance. According to the authors, “A little doubt and uncertainty is actually a good thing: It signals that a growth opportunity has emerged.” As a distance runner, I’ve benefited from the intentional stress I’ve […]
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Compassion – Sermon for 7/9

The texts for today’s message are Romans 7:15-25a and Matthew 11:28-30 A couple months ago I read, The Hungry Brain: Outsmarting the Instincts That Make Us Overeat.” Sounds wonderful for leisure time reading. Right? It is a fascinating book that presents much history of obesity research in a very interesting and readable manner. Parts of […]
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We Made a Pact!

In 2014 I ran my first marathon with a time that barely beat the course limit of 6 hours (5:51:02). In April 2015, I vacationed in Boston. It was the week before the marathon and race stuff was everywhere. I began to dream of someday running this race. The following September I improved my marathon […]
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A Nice Progress Marker – Gratitude 7/3

Five years ago my daughter, husband, and I ran our first 5k races at the Channel Islands Harbor 4th of July 5k and 10k. We’d started running earlier in the year. Megan and I were close together but she had a better kick and beat me at the end. She still has a better kick. […]
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Slow & Steady – Racing Weight Week 4

In completing 4 weeks of a more focused effort on losing those last few pounds, I’ve remembered a few things. Weight loss is not fast, nor is it easy. Unfortunately many of us expect both. The weight loss industry perpetuates this lie with adds that promise quick results…for a fee. Fad diets also promise quick […]
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