Killing time @ Whittier & Idaho

After escaping Upland last Friday night with a 21-14 victory over the highly regarded Scots, the La Habra Highlanders caught a bit of a scheduling break in advance of next Friday’s confrontation with the Mission Viejo Diablos. On a beautiful late summer evening with a marmalade sunset smearing the western sky, Ryan Zannelli and crew tuned their fiddles and rosined their bows at the expense of a game but outmatched Redlands East Valley squad. For…

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First time for “no Mom”

Our mother, Betty, finished her walk through the valley of the shadow of death on the morning of December 11 2018, and entered the Paradise of God immediately thereafter. She missed her 96th birthday by two days. And then her 96th Christmas; and New Year’s Celebration; and on it goes, the end of an era. Every special occasion and holiday is now “a first” for all of us kids, and Memorial Day is now one…

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No glass ceiling in God’s world

Galations 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” I absolutely love what the Apostle Paul wrote under inspiration concerning major areas of divide in the ancient world. But, make no mistake, the same categories of inequality persist in every age because the hearts and minds of humanity are not able to conceive an end to…

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What I believe about Jesus

Heard folks joking about Easter this morning, and about having a ‘free pass/E-Ticket’ into Heaven based on religious affiliation. It was light-hearted workplace banter and drew some laughter. But, to me it was jarring, and although I didn’t let my face betray my gut feeling, I looked all around the gathering of people (a formal team meeting) wondering/hoping there might be one or two who would want to know the truth about what Believers are…

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For cryin’ out loud, the APA is teary-eyed!

Recently the American Psychological Association created a slick marketing campaign decrying masculine stereotyping as a major social issue. So, I visited the APA website and viewed their Boys don’t cry video on YouTube. After I finished rolling my eyes all the way around the inside of my head, I decided to weigh-in with the executive floor of the APA about their BDC campaign: APA– I rarely respond to marketing ploys, but for your “Boys don’t…

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96*

Thursday, December 13, marks mom’s 96th birthday. God willing, I’ll be with her on that day, though the celebrating is likely to be low-key. Mom is confined to bed and sedated to mitigate pain and to control agitation. Still, if the milestone is reached, we will celebrate. Perhaps with a Hershey’s kiss. At this point, it’s the little things. Mom and I talked often about “what comes next” for those who trust in Christ for…

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A God of Promises

God is in the business of comforting the brokenhearted. I know this because my family’s hearts are breaking right now. Our mother is in steep decline and her time on this earth is not long. True, only the Father knows the day and the hour. But, by all appearances, days is the hopeful prognosis and hours the more realistic. Today it poured in Southern California (the place where it has been said that “it never…

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Time-off is time well spent

After an extended period of work without a break, Vicki and I decided to slip the crush of Orange County for the sprawl of the Carolinas. We arrived just after Hurricane Florence to find the Charlotte, Hendersonville, and Clemson areas relatively unscathed (though somewhat wet). Thanks to the hospitality of family and friends—and the beauty of region—our visit was a boatload of fun: Nearly three weeks in to this adventure, we’re about ready to return…

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What’s it like to visit Clemson for a football game?

SEPTEMBER 29, 2018—Clemson, South Carolina | For many years I’ve dreamed of getting to Clemson Memorial Stadium (the original “Death Valley” . . . sorry LSU) for a Tiger game. Vicki and I have visited the campus/stadium on two previous occasions, but it was only this past Saturday that we actually had tickets for the game. And, what a game it was. The rising-star Syracuse Orange (4-0) pressed the 4th-ranked Clemson Tigers to the brink…

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So, when should an accuser be believed?

Today’s Senate Judiciary Committee circus (i.e., the interrogation of Brett Kavanaugh and the accommodation of Christine Blasey Ford) confirmed just one thing: Moral justice is a vapor within a culture absent a righteous foundation. Stepping back from the political circus surrounding the Kavanaugh nomination process, we should revisit that which was codified by the righteous One specifically to circumvent the human propensity for subterfuge, conspiracy, collusion, and vengeance. “You must not convict anyone of a…

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