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Michael
Bowling Green, KY
father, woodworker, writer, cook and Steeler fan
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Scroll down to see four different offerings: (cash, check, or credit cards accepted) This beautiful cherry and maple trestle table works great in any living room, entryway, or bedroom. This piece is hand-crafted from curly maple and cherry, with redwood butterfly keys. Dimensions are 53" long, 18" wide, and 34"... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at An Amateur Woodworker
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This past Sunday, we heard the story of Jesus raising his friend, Lazarus, from the dead. It's one of my favorite stories in all of the Bible. I have a theory that this may have been the closest encounter Jesus had with death before his own. Did Jesus ever see... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Under God's Fingernails
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Job complained that God did not seem to be following the rules of the game; God said, “What game do you think we’re playing? This isn’t croquet; this is rugby.” My two sons love playing with the hose in the back yard. They get their bathing suits on, unroll the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Under God's Fingernails
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How’s your Lent going? Though it seems like it was just yesterday, Ash Wednesday is already a week behind us. That smudgy ash cross traced on your forehead has long been washed away, and the beginning-of-Lent fervor for repentance may be waning a bit. Now is when we settle into... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Under God's Fingernails
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“The ashes traced upon us and the Church on this day call us to die to that which is not of God. Bearing these ashes we confess our sins and stare into the eyes of Christ as he stares into our heart.” These words arrived in my email box this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at Under God's Fingernails
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What if I told you I possess a medicine that can cure illness and restore health. It’s like a miracle drug and I can give it to you for free. Interested? Now what if I told you that your entire life depends upon this medicine and that if you don’t... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2014 at Under God's Fingernails
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“Why is he still here? He just keeps hanging around. Doesn’t he have anything else to do?” You may have uttered those very words yourself during the past few days. Maybe it was an uncle or sister or cousin who came for to long a visit. Or maybe it was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2013 at Under God's Fingernails
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Three years ago, I wrote a Christmas Eve homily called "God's Best Day." Each year since, folks have ask be to re-post it, so here it is. My exciting news is that God's Best Day had been picked up by a publisher, is currently being illustrated, and will be released... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2013 at Under God's Fingernails
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Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. Rev 3:20 This portrait has always influenced how I read the book of Revelation. It’s a warm and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at Under God's Fingernails
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What kind of advice would you have given Joseph if he was your son? For a moment, try putting away the bits and pieces of 2000 years of church faith and history floating around in our heads. Joseph is your son; he’s getting married. Everything has gone smoothly so far.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2013 at Under God's Fingernails
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It's getting closer. I know. You can almost taste it. But almost is not the same as a real taste, is it? It really doesn't matter what it is that you're waiting for; a long wait is tough. Whether it's an impending storm, a call from a doctor, a holiday,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2013 at Under God's Fingernails
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I made myself learn to knit this year. REALLY knit. I’d learned before and always felt frustrated because I never knew how to undo or repair a mistake. Most projects ended up in a twisted ball of knots. All my prayer shawls were hole-y. It’s taken hours and hours of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2013 at Under God's Fingernails
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Anyone who’s ever been married or deeply in love knows what it’s like to live into a mystery. Anyone who comes to me for premarital counseling hears a bit of wisdom that I received a long time ago: that it’s foolish to marry a person you don’t know, but more... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2013 at Under God's Fingernails
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Please read Matthew 25:1-13. I'll wait..... The Kingdom of Heaven is like… ….wait for it….. ...keep waiting….. …wait until you’ve fallen asleep while waiting…. and then… !!SHOUT!! It’s-here-and-expecting-you-to-be-ready-for-it! Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2013 at Under God's Fingernails
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And as we continue to wait during this season of Advent, the world outside will be screaming at us. The world will be telling us to shop and wrap and bake and party. And if we don’t conform, people will say, “What are you waiting for?” Indeed, what are we... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2013 at Under God's Fingernails
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Yesterday you surprised me. When I came home you were sweeping the floor, lighting a fire, turning on the old, old Christmas music we listened to when we were first married. And enjoying our home. I love our house — AND it is one huge chore-barn. I can’t separate the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2013 at Under God's Fingernails
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I’ve become increasingly aware of the attention I give my children. As the father of two young boys, I’m currently the coolest person in the world, but I know that status will become ever more precarious as adolescence approaches. So, I’ve become much more aware of my attention when I’m... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2013 at Under God's Fingernails
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I’m going to start with a story and you are going to guess the ending immediately: Last week I had planned to take a trip. You know how this is going to end, don’t you? To prepare for this trip that never happened, I filled a suitcase with clothing, including... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2013 at Under God's Fingernails
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One of the most powerful, joyful and vivid memories of my childhood concerns Christmas shopping. I was probably 9 or 10 years old, and had a wad of money in my pocket from my paper route that covered a mile-long stretch of First Street in Alpena, MI. It was early... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2013 at Under God's Fingernails
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Heather wrote this to me this morning. She's really not calling you all 'honey', although I know she does love all of you! :) How far is it to Bethlehem? Not very far. Shall we find the stable room Lit by a star? Can we see the little Child? Is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2013 at Under God's Fingernails
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Last evening I got to rehearse some music with a a small band of faithful folks from our church. We are the "Christ Church Band." It is a mix of professional musicians, youth just wading into the shallow end of music, and amateur hacks like me (remember that "amateur" means... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2013 at Under God's Fingernails
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The Coming of our Lord is a very big deal: expect terrifying natural disasters, suffering and death, angels and music. The magnitude of Jesus' Advent is too much to comprehend. Some people (even famously faithful) don’t even trust what is described in the book of Revelation about all the many... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2013 at Under God's Fingernails
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I'm writing this much later than I usually do. It's almost 5 p.m.; usually, I write these reflections in the morning, before I even leave for the office. But not today. This afternoon I told a friend that I was very unproductive today. They asked me what I did today.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2013 at Under God's Fingernails
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Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. (Revelation 1:3) Will it be today? Could it please be today? When Jesus tells me ‘the time... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2013 at Under God's Fingernails
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Ok, folks...just a short post on this icy Sunday! Advent is a season in which we wait in the dark for the coming of the light. Our Advent waiting is filled with activity, but are they the right activities? Remember: we are shaped by that for which we wait. If... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2013 at Under God's Fingernails