This Strange Parade

Our story this week (while fairly well known) is also quite the oddity even among a book of so many strange stories.  In this passage, Jesus orchestrates a strange parade into Jerusalem that is one of deep contrasts.  While the people gathered along the route are full...

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Changing the Landscape

When Yellowstone National Park was first designated in 1872, one of the animals that didn’t receive protection from hunting or trapping was the gray wolf.  At the time, naturalists and conservationists believed that the wolves were over-predatory and harmful to the...

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A Strange Parade

Halloween has been, and always will be my favorite holiday.  The candy, the opportunity to cajole Heather into watching "The Shining" for the twelfth time, and the carving of pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns...somehow this holiday just gets me. I literally never get...

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Forgotten

It was billed as the fight of the century.  Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman in Zaire…a fight referred to in its publicity as “The Rumble in the Jungle.”  Not only would it be one of the biggest fights of all time, but it also had the added element of being held in an...

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The Twist

You've probably heard this story before, but read on...just in case. In 1915, just over a century ago, San Diego was in the middle of a terrible drought. It had been years since they'd received a decent amount of rain and the Morena reservoir was quickly nearing...

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Quiet Glory

It happened quietly and without warning.     One Sunday I was up in the balcony to plug in our Christmas lights before church when I saw someone walking quietly through the empty sanctuary.  I recognized her as a young woman who had been attending recently with...

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Baseball and Advent

I was an awful baseball player as a child.  It wasn’t just that my hitting was terrible (it was) or that I couldn’t technically “throw the ball” (I couldn’t…I literally rolled it on the ground instead), or even that I was so bad at catching fly balls in the outfield....

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Even Stranger Things

The Netflix original show Stranger Things has been everywhere the past two months.  Especially this week, in response to the announcement that it would indeed return for a second season, this show which functions as an homage to all the great movies in the 1980’s has...

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