Author Archives: Mark

Praying in the Garden

The night Jesus was betrayed and arrested he went with his disciples to a favorite place, a quiet place at night I’m sure called the Garden of Gethsemane.  It was in this place that the final minutes ticked down to … Continue reading

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“How Long ’til We Get There?”

When I was a kid, traveling was part of our Christmas holiday.  My family lived in Maryland and my grandparents lived in New York state.  As soon as Christmas break arrived my parents, four siblings and I would pile into … Continue reading

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The Resistance to Christmas

The other night in family devotions we read from John Piper’s Good News of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent, published by Desiring God.  The reading focused on the theme of resistance to Jesus and highlighted two demonstrations of resistance in … Continue reading

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What’s Your Number, Pastor?

There it was in an email I had received.  I predicted out loud to my wife on our way home from church that another one was slipping away.  My mind raced to figure out what I could do to tighten … Continue reading

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The Knowledge of Good and Evil

“What God says doesn’t matter! What God declares to be off-limits isn’t really off-limits if you don’t want it to be off-limits.  You have just as much right to decide good and evil for yourself as God does.  If you want … Continue reading

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A Prayer for the Ohio House of Representatives

Earlier this year I was invited by Rep. Kristina Roegner, State Representative for Ohio’s 37th House District (standing to my immediate left, in this picture, along with the Speaker of the Ohio House, Rep. William G. Batchelder), to offer the … Continue reading

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A Peg in a Hole

A Peg in a Hole.  I continue to try to get my wife’s writings out there to be read; so, I pass this one along for your enjoyment and encouragement.

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Good Moms and Bad Days

Good Moms and Bad Days.  Since I haven’t had time to write recently, I thought I’d post this for Mother’s Day, written by my wife.

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Dishes and Doilies

Originally posted on Ponderings from the Parsonage:
I recently enjoyed a relaxing evening with friends watching the newly-released movie, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”    While there were many scenes and sayings in the movie that caught my attention, one dialogue…

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Driven to Be Post-Modern

Without getting all philosophical and all, this post-modern age (this era that has emerged from the modern age that gave us the affluent, technological, media-driven, high-production, successful lifestyles we enjoy) is rooted in all kinds of things, a major one … Continue reading

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