Pay For What? Dating & Upside Down Economics

So, I have positioned myself as someone who writes as a pastor, theologian, and social critic.  Now, whether or not I live up to any of that: you be the judge.  However, I realize that most of, if not all of my blogs as of late has been from a pastoral and biblical perspective.  Not today.  Not this week.  This is me, Jody Moore, the social observer and critic. I am a foodie.  I love coffee.  So I frequent great...

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Prayer & Friendship: We Need Both

I had the pleasure of reading for the second time a book by one of my favorite writers, Henri Nouwen.  In this one section Henri is explaining how he has difficulty praying. Nouwen says the following: “So, what about my life of prayer? Do I like to pray? Do I want to pray? Do I spend time praying? Frankly, the answer is no to all three questions. After sixty-three years of life and thirty-eight years of priesthood, my prayer seems...

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Not Rattled

It hit me hard yesterday. I was consumed with grief and sorrow. I had reached the edge. I sat while trying to do my time of personal bible study and worship and the tears welled in the ducts of my eyes as I tried to maintain because I was in a public place. I am a Pastor by way of vocation. I am supposed to be well acquainted with pain and sorrow. I am not supposed to get emotional. However,...

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There Goes That Man!

A few weeks ago my “spiritual” mom shared a conversation that she had with a few of her other female friends. She described the kind of husband she was looking for. She used an abundance of adjectives to describe the kind of husband that would make her happy. One of her friends responded: “child-that man died on the cross!” Of course that got a good laugh from the women in the crowd including myself (I was allowed to be there...

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My Wife’s Hands

I am a member of a particular fitness club in my area and I am a part of the racquetball community of this well-established club. I have made some dear friends as a member of this community. We play racquetball every morning at 6:00am. In between games the dialogue is rich. We talk trash, have fun, and at times get serious. A few weeks ago in between games I was sitting next to a fellow player. He is a recently...

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