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Hi friends, I will be migrating off of TypePad soon. In the meantime, Facebook is the best place to see my art and what I'm up to. Find me at Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2016 at Clericeric
How often does the Bible refer in a practical, non-spiritual, sense to "fire"? Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Clericeric
The sky was beautiful as I left the church. Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2013 at Captured
The Institute for Clergy Excellence is an immeasurable blessing to me. Most recently our group of eight completed a module we called the "Alabama Journey of Pain and Hope." The previous module took us to India. Our next journey will... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2013 at Clericeric
Good morning, Toney UMC friends and family! We tend to forget things, don’t we? So it is good to occasionally remind ourselves of the things that are really important. I don’t know about you, but those “most important things” seem... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2013 at Clericeric
Church Pianist (Toney, AL) Toney UMC is seeking a part-time Pianist for the Sunday morning traditional and Contemporary worship services, and occasional special services. This musician will accompany all hymns, and will play other music during worship services as assigned... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2013 at Clericeric
Heavens to Betsy, as Grandma used to say. I haven't posted since mid-December. "What have we been up to?" you ask. We are in sayinggoodbyeandpacking - whilelookingforwardandplanning mode; like Thalia & Melpomene, the happy and sad masks of Greek drama.... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2013 at Clericeric
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you! We were way ahead of our usual curve with tree shopping this year. N, Em & I found the perfect Frasier Fir at Lawrence's Hardware on the Saturday before Advent. Of course, we... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2012 at Clericeric
Posted Sep 10, 2012 at Clericeric
For serious study of scripture you will want a New Revised Standard Version. Three with solid scholarship in the notes and articles are: The New Interpreter's Study Bible HarperCollins Study Bible The New Oxford Annotated Bible Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2012 at Clericeric
We ate Dutch babies for breakfast, and they were delicious! Wait, before you think we went all dahmer today, a Dutch baby is a puffy baked pancake. We were introduced to this pastry perfection about 18 years ago at The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2012 at Clericeric
Archbishop Desmond Tutu is one of my personal heros - but I am hardly unique. How could one not admire a person who gave such a dedicated effort against injustice and violence. In the face of white oppression or black... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2012 at Clericeric
My friend Mashod recently brought a poem to our ICE group that has become a nurturing morsel to me. It is called Trust in the Slow Work of God by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. --- Above all, trust in the... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2012 at Clericeric
Today is a good day! Nothing special but I thought I'd share my general sense of well-being. My last post here was some time ago - before we started reading Peterson's Leap Over a Wall. We have finished the Pastor's... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2012 at Clericeric
Several of my favorite movie quotes come from The Princess Bride. The character Inigo Montoya has the best lines. He's on a quest to avenge the man who killed his father. Inigo has planned out his introduction to the six-fingered... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2012 at Clericeric
Greetings Fayette friends. You may already know the Pastor's Book Club is beginning anew this week. We will introduce a new book at 6pm this Wednesday at Fayette First UMC in the Fellowship Classroom. Leap Over A Wall: Earthy Spirituality... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2012 at Clericeric
Today is Epiphany. In Hispanic and Latin culture it is known as Three Kings’ Day. The word epiphany means "to show", "to make known" or "to reveal." On this day we remember the coming of the wise men bringing gifts... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2012 at Clericeric
Hey friends. We are now using MailChimp for mass emails from Fayette First UMC. Newsletters and announcements will come out through this service. (If you have been getting the Extravagant Generosity devotions this month you are already registered.) Check your... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2011 at Clericeric
This Wednesday (September 21) evening we will begin "the Pastor's Book Club." I've never done a class exactly like this, and I'm kind of excited to see how it will go. Everyone is invited! I'm hoping some church folks will... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2011 at Clericeric
Hello everybody. I hope you all - three or four readers who still check for updates after so long - are doing well. Today is a quick shout-out. Life is good. I'm loving work and our staff at FFUMC. It's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2011 at Clericeric
I read two fantastic quotes today on Susan Phillips' facebook page. "To show compassion for an individual without showing concern for the structures of society that make him an object of compassion is to be sentimental rather than loving." ~... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2011 at Clericeric
The past six weeks have been somewhat chaotic as we packed the house, moved and I changed jobs. Chaos is to be expected at such times. We chose to make it more so. N & I decided to keep Em... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2011 at Clericeric
Hello reader(s). It has been long enough since my last update that there may only be one of you left (mom or wife?). Things have been pretty busy, but that’s not a great excuse. Blog posts are best when life... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2011 at Clericeric
From Bishop Willimon's weekly message: The Second Week of Eastertide will long be remembered by us as the time of terribly deadly storms that ravaged Alabama. We have lost over a dozen of our churches, a number of parsonages, the... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 29, 2011 at Clericeric
The Fat Cyclist is a hoot. Anybody who would nickname himself "fatty" (when he's absolutely not) is going to be an interesting character. I mention Fatty because he has organized the 4th Annual 100 Miles of Nowhere. It is a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2011 at Clericeric