Breathe in Advent

Routines often help us stay organized and optimized, saving energy and brain power for more important decisions. (I talked about this in a sermon recently--I'll have to get that posted here soon!) But routines can also become ruts and sap energy. For years now, my partner in ministry at Woodridge UMC, Lead Pastor Rev. Danita …

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I’m…back? The Third

Previously on All I Can’t Leave Unsaid… “Take care of your blog,” Robin Rendle wrote.  “Blogging changed my life,” my friend Hugh Hollowell, Jr. wrote in a recent newsletter. Inspired by them I’ve returned to this space… one two three and a half weeks later I’m still trying to get this post up. Ugh. Such is life here at All …

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I’m…back? Part Deux

Previously on All I Can't Leave Unsaid... “Take care of your blog,” Robin Rendle wrote.  “Blogging changed my life,” my friend Hugh Hollowell, Jr. wrote in a recent newsletter. Inspired by them I’ve returned to this space… one two three and a half weeks later I’m still trying to get this post up. Ugh. Such is life here at All …

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I’m…back?

“Take care of your blog,” Robin Rendle wrote. “Blogging changed my life,” my friend Hugh Hollowell, Jr. wrote in a recent newsletter.Inspired by them I’ve returned to this space…one two three and a half weeks later I’m still trying to get this post up. Ugh. Such is life here at All I Can’t Leave Unsaid—still …

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A Prayer for this day

I'm sure you, like me, are devastated by the news of the latest mass shooting, this time in Uvalde, Texas. This time involving elementary school children. I'm sure you, like me, are sick and tired of political leaders offering "thoughts and prayers" but refusing to take any other action.  Still, as people of faith, prayer …

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Curses or Promises?

Here in the Chicago area where I live, we had a glorious spring season -- for about three days. Sunshine, temps approaching (even surpassing) 70 degrees, all kinds of people outside working and walking, grilling and chilling. We have to get it in when we can. Then there’s all the garden talk: What are you …

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Striving for Wisdom

How can a small local congregation respond to a war on the other side of the globe? I don't know for sure, but that is, in part, what I tried to explore in this sermon. The good people of Woodridge United Methodist Church have previously taken bold action in opposition to the USA invasion war …

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Hearts that beat as one with fists that hit a ton

Happy Valentine's Day! Sure, sure, it's a made up holiday (thanks, Chaucer) that can be pretty lame. Then again, aren't all holidays (like all words) made up? I aim to inject a little geeky fun into the day. In place of chocolate, roses, or even wine how about some comic book power couples falling in …

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Coffee ‘n’ Capes: My Passion Project Podcast

Yes, it's true: I am, apparently, all about that alliteration. Alliteration seems to be de rigueur for us pastor types. I mean, perhaps peruse our sermon titles sometime. We can't seem to help ourselves. You know who else loves alliteration? Comic book writers. Peter Parker, Bruce Banner, Stephen Strange, Reed Richards, Susan Storm, Jessica Jones, …

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Happy Christmas 2021

Merry Christmas! The closest thing I have to a tradition on this blog is this Christmas day offering. Each Christmas I post the Isaiah passage below (which is a reading for Christmas Eve worship every year); John Lennon's "Happy Christmas (War is Over)," which I find the world's best and most challenging Christmas song; and …

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