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The Meaning of Life

I don’t usually get choked up over doctrinal statements. But the first time I read this summary of the purpose of human life drafted by the Westminster Assembly, a gathering of English and Scottish clergy in 1646, something in me … Continue reading

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Thank You, God, For Not Making Me Handsome!

I discovered when I was young that I loved everything to do with storytelling. I wrote poems, short stories, songs, and created such poignant scenes in front of the bathroom mirror that I swear it cried. (Well, I know I … Continue reading

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Unexpected Beauty

There’s something suspiciously miraculous about how much unexpected beauty there is in the world. But perhaps more miraculous still is the fact that humans (even those without eyesight) are able to see it. If they only will. (Click on any … Continue reading

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Love. Before It’s Too Late.

My dad, Bill Teemley, was ambitious, hard-working, and deeply conservative. I was a wildly liberal 23 year old who’d recently completed a “useless” Theatre Arts degree and moved back in with the folks.  Somewhere along the line a Game of … Continue reading

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Extraordinary God

I prayed for guidance this morning, adding my usual, “Lord, you know I can’t do this without you.” Then I remembered the part I usually forget, “But with you, I can’t fail.”

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What I Didn’t Expect Was…

Last weekend, while my wife was off leading a one-day spiritual retreat, I expected to spend the day polishing up our little tarnished patch of earthly paradise. First, I expected to climb up onto the roof with my trusty electric … Continue reading

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Opinions!

I dislike you for the same reason I dislike Former Me & Future Me–because they disagree with Current Me! “My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I’m right!” ~Ashleigh Brilliant    “Do not be angry that you … Continue reading

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