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A Tale of Two Churches

ShepherdCalls_WPAt one time, a downtown church accommodated 2,000 plus members each Sunday. Then, in 1979, it closed. That’s the year our family moved to Kansas City. I don’t recall hearing anything about it closing. I suspect it was not sudden, but a gradual transition of community and the ways of “doing” church. The closing of the church not only left a big hole in a once vibrant community; it also

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In My Garden

Tiny shoots are peeking through the ground. My garden is coming to life again. When I speak of my garden, I am talking about our entire lawn, nearly three acres. Since our homeowner rules disallow fences, nothing encloses my garden. I like to think we have the “no fence” rule so our lawns and lives will mingle. Who knows; the rule was in place when I arrived.

ShepherdCalls_WPNevertheless, scattered across

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Leave a Good Legend

Among the outstanding people of Christian history, St. Patrick is one of my favorites. He reportedly died on March 17 (the year is uncertain). Nevertheless, March 17 is listed on our calendar as St. Patrick’s Day.

ShepherdCalls_WPSomewhere in the fifth century AD, young Patrick, in his mid-teens, was kidnapped by Irish Pirates and taken to Ireland as a slave. He spent the next six years of his life serving people

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An Adoption Story

The front page of the Kansas City Star contained the story of an attorney, Gene Balloun, who has assisted in more than 1,000 adoptions. The story caught my attention for several reasons: First, because I share his compassion for children. Second, because this attorney did his work pro bono, the compensation he would have received was placed in an account to assist in the children’s education. Third, the story intrigued

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Choices of Consequence

Last fall my wife and I received flu shots. Sometime later while talking to my daughter on the phone, I mentioned we had been to the doctor to get flu shots. A young, invincible, 40-year-old, she launched into a parental lecture about how the flu shots are of no value and she never gets them. I wondered why I mentioned it. We’ve had this conversation before. Well, this time she

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Venerable Valentine Visitors

It would soon be Valentine’s Day. The angels gathered around God’s throne in heaven. They needed permission to visit earth on errands of passion and tenderness.

The Healing Angel wanted to visit a couple who was fighting. “They’ve inflicted many wounds,” he said. “If I could heal their hurts, they would realize they still love one another.”

ShepherdCalls_WP“Let there be healing in your wings,” God said. The seraph quickly departed.

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Earth’s Glory

“The earth is the Lord’s and all its fullness, the world and those that dwell therein.” (Psalm 24:1) With those words in mind and believing that God can speak to us through creation, I took a two-mile walk. .The sun was shining vibrantly, warming me and the earth. On the other hand, the wind was blowing briskly, invigorating my steps and reminding me that creation has variety.

ShepherdCalls_WPThe most abundant

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A Matter of Perspective

ShepherdCalls_WPIt’s a beautiful story. It’s more than a story. It’s fact. Peggy Wallace Kennedy, daughter of the late governor George Wallace, and Donzaleigh Abernathy, daughter of the late civil rights activist Ralph David Abernathy, each witnessed the Selma Alabama civil rights march 50 years ago and emerged with the same opinions.

Jesus’ words, “Out of the mouth of babes” (Matthew 21:16) comes to mind as I think about this story.

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When I Am Afraid

“[Lord] when I am afraid, I will trust in You.” These words from the psalmist are certainly applicable for us today. If we didn’t already have sufficient reasons for concern, the events of the last few days have certainly given us cause.

ShepherdCalls_WPNot to downplay our current concerns; but it may help if we remember there have been bad days before. Sadness filled our house for days and months following

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