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I've been thinking a lot about engaging and encouraging intelligent thought, especially in context with Christianity. Some would claim Christianity is mind control, a system of beliefs and behaviors that are repeatedly pressed into us on Sunday mornings and reinforced through peer pressure. And in many cases they would be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at The Clothers...
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"I wear a lot of different hats..." We hear that expression from time to time as people shift between priorities in their life. I was talking with our friend Krispin Mayfield the other day, and he suggested that maybe instead of hats we could talk about wearing a lot of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at The Clothers...
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Life on the streets is hard. Some are there by circumstances or poor choices, others like their indepedence or are hiding from the law. Some want help, others do not. This last week we discovered the bed roll and belongings of someone who was sleeping on the flat roof of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at The Clothers...
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A few weeks ago, we decided to get our white picket fence going by first building our arbor. I decided that typcial 4 X 4's just wouldn't look right, so we pulled out 6 X 6's at Lowes and stood them in the aisle. They were HUGE! Cynthia suggested we... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Magnolia House
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This weekend is Easter weekend. It's also dumpster weekend. I've lost count of the number of dumpsters we've had at our house over the last three years. We have them in reduced frequency now... the latest is to send away a full year's worth of accumulation. I suppose we could... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2014 at Magnolia House
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Give 100 people in a room each a potatoe and ask them to study it for one minute. Throw the potatoes all in a pile, and send each person looking for theirs. Everyone will end up reunited with their potatoe. Amazing. Peel the potatoes, and it's much harder. Mash them,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at The Clothers...
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OK, when we tore our lawn out to redo it, our adult kids took exception. Our daughter Laura said "Daddy, it should be all native plantings and pebbles..." Well, our plans stalled as we gave our front yard due consideration. And this weekend we began laying out a different approach... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Magnolia House
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Three years ago, as we settled into our new home in Oxnard, I began a rubber band ball with the rubber bands that came around most of our daily papers. It was a mere novelty at first. Then some days when I found myself frustrated that I hadn't accomplished more,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at The Clothers...
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I've been neglegent in posting to our blog here, as I've been sharing more on Facebook this last year. Here are some before and afters of what's been going on the last 10 months... Bed Room Last summer we had our friends Matt and Carly Cross coming to stay with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Magnolia House
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OK, here's what a white translucent roof looks like from our bathroom window. Bam! There it is. But underneath the cover it's perfect. We'll get the kilns set up and we're off and running studio wise. Next up is an arbor over the "secret garden" and some vines. That will... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2013 at Magnolia House
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As I was driving the other day, I was thinking about my need for reflection, for looking back. I need time after events, conversations, books, and the like to reflect, to absorb, to process and learn, otherwise my experiences just drop out of sight with little or no consequence, or... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2013 at The Clothers...
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It's starting to take shape... The brick patio is in place, and the framework for the cover is there. This weekend we'll add some polycarbonate panels to the roof and set up the ceramic kiln area. We had so much fun with laying the bricks that we're already starting to... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2013 at Magnolia House
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Yesterday we were talking on how to offer refuge to the hungry, hurting, and homeless through our rescue missions without enabling or fueling a sense of entitlement among those we serve. We want to help our guests with "next steps," not just the means to continue to survive day to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2013 at The Clothers...
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The excavation is done for our "studio patio." We'll use the old bricks around the house to make the paver patio, after adding some gravel and sand to the mix. A patio cover will be added as well and this will become the kiln area. Then we'll be ready for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2013 at Magnolia House
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Do I have to be baptized to be saved? What if I don't go to church regularly? Read my Bible? Pray? Love my neighbor? What if I still sin? What if it's a really bad sin? I feel like often times we are trying to figure out where the line... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2013 at The Clothers...
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I ran across the adjacent opportunity on Union Rescue Mission's web site. These guy do great work on LA's skid row. You can learn more here: URM While the opportunity here is to sponsor someone's mission program journey to a new life, it got me to thinking. What is the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2013 at The Clothers...
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As I survey the miriad of churches, denominations, and faith traditions that surround Jesus, I have to pull back a bit to the central figure of the good news. Jesus. Not questioning whether we will go to heaven or hell if we believe in Him or not. Not questioning whether... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2013 at The Clothers...
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My friend and I were talking about picking a church. He commented he would err on the side of grace versus legalism. My response was on a different vein. I tend to err on the side of Bible teaching versus application based teaching. Regardless of what "type" of church, teach... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2013 at The Clothers...
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Cynthia and I are entering yet another season of change. God has moved us on from the church plant we've been with the last year or so. We have learned a lot and have grown a lot during the last two years since relocating 1000 miles from our church home... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2013 at The Clothers...
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I was chatting with our missionary friend Rachel Graham about getting used to living in Uganda as missionaries. They've only been there a few months. Everything is different. She and Daniel are far from family and what they had come to consider "normal" especially during Christmas. On Christmas day, the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2012 at The Clothers...
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Cynthia announced this morning as she sat beside me for coffee... "I've made too many mistakes, I'm giving up. This is supposed to be fun." And with a flourish of her pen, she quit and moved on. To her next puzzle. And I laughed. Isn't life like that sometimes? Things... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2012 at The Clothers...
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Sometimes the big projects need to fall to the side so a little project can be completed. The weekend before Thanksgiving I decided it was time to rewire the door bell. When all our electrical was redone, the door bell was left out, transformer who knows where. The old wiring... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2012 at Magnolia House
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At Seed this last Sunday Pastor Shaun hit on an important truth. God grows us in times of darkness, if we let Him. We typically don't choose circumstances that propel us into pain, into a feeling of loss of control, a time of distress, of helplessness. And typically we find... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2012 at The Clothers...
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So we spent last weekend polishing the kitchen floor, so we could be happy about our dirty old kitchen until we remodel it in a few months. We're going to stick with the old range, and elements of design that keep us on the retro side to stay in sync... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2012 at Magnolia House
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A couple of us guys were talking about the priesthood of believers this morning, and how our typical understanding of priests tangles up our understanding of our priestly calling. Priests typically act as an intermediary between people and a diety. We don't need that here on earth any more, as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2012 at The Clothers...