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Crossing the Rainbow Bridge…

Last week, our family once again went through the loss of one of our own - Andrew's dog, Trinity. In my opinion, Trinity could have possibly been the best dog that our family has ever had. She was a border ...

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The “Fingerprints” of God…

As I reflect on the more than eleven years that I have written Transitions by The Book, I have tried to write about the experiences of our family and how God has been present in our everyday lives throughout the ...

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Beware of False Teachers….

I attended seminary for almost ten years when I was in my late forties and, admittedly, I studied theology from a very conservative perspective. There are several pastors and teachers in our extended family and I think all of them ...

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The Purple Heart…

It was on this date in 1782 that George Washington, who was the commander in chief of the Continental Army, created the "Badge for Military Merit." This new badge consisted of  a purple heart shaped piece of silk, etched with ...

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No Middle Ground…

So Janet and I have been fighting Covid here for the past two weeks or so. And one of the things that we have noticed is that we feel bad - or we feel good... There is no middle ground. ...

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Ashes to Ashes…

It's been a busy several weeks. Last Sunday, I went to the Chicago area to attend the funeral of my friend, Erik. A service was planned for Monday afternoon, with visitation following; and then Erik was to be cremated. It ...

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The Workbook…

I have really enjoyed learning the art of smoking different foods for the past four years or so. I have had more time on my hands and as I move closer to retirement, I remember the days of my youth ...

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The Longest Day…

Earlier this week, on Tuesday, we experienced the summer solstice. That is, spring officially turned into summer as we celebrated the longest daylight hours of the year. From here, I am afraid, it is all downhill until December 21, 2022 ...

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Biblical Mondegreens…

Okay, so it sounds a little deep tonight, doesn't it? But that's only because most of us aren't familiar with the exact words we use to describe something we have all experienced. So let's start with a definition. A mondegreen ...

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The Ascension – Still in Eastertide…

For those of you who may have remembered my Eastertide series last year, I wrote posts on the death and resurrection of Jesus as well as several other thoughts on the period of time after the celebration of Easter. The ...

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