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The Courtyards of San Miguel

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March 19, 2024 — One of the words most commonly used words to describe San Miguel de Allende, the central Mexican hill town where were are living for two months, is “magical.” While many aspects of San Miguel can fairly be described as “magical,” I find the courtyards of San Miguel to be especially so. When you walk along... Read More

My Sermon of March 17

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March 17, 2024 — Here’s my sermon for the Fifth Sunday of Lent. You may watch and listen via to the sermon and service via the You Tube channel and recording or read the text below. The link to that recording is here. The Death That Is Behind Us John 12: 20 – 33 Fifth Sunday in Lent, March... Read More

At the Week End, March 16 – 17

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March 16, 2024 — Hola from San Miguel de Allende, where things are ramping up for Holy Week, a multi-week affair here. There’s a 12K procession that begins at midnight tonight and ends at 6:00 a.m. with a mass to follow. Since the one hour a week that I work is tomorrow morning, I will forego this all-nighter. Meanwhile,... Read More

Death’s Gift

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March 14, 2024 — Here in San Miguel we are approaching Semana Santa, Holy Week. We are told that the festivals and processions of Holy Week in San Miguel may, in their drama and extravagance, be second only to Barcelona, Spain. In my sermon for the fifth Sunday of Lent (which will show up here next Monday), I speak... Read More

Coming to the Light

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March 10, 2024 — Here’s my sermon of yesterday, March 10. Link here to You Tube recording of the service. Sermon probably begins at 12 – 15 minutes in. Or the written text is below. Coming to the Light Ephesians 2: 1 – 10, John 3: 14 – 21 March 10, 2024 I want to begin by paying you... Read More

“Every Moment Is A Question Being Posed to You by God”

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March 8, 2024 — The wonderful author, Marilynne Robinson, is out with a new book on Genesis. This week she did a fantastic interview with my fav, Ezra Klein, about the book. Covered lots of topics including beauty, the genius of the Bible and the astonishing nature of grace. Here are some excerpts from that interview interspersed with my... Read More

You Can Run But You Cannot Hide

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March 6, 2024 — As noted in recent posts, we are in Mexico, San Miguel de Allende, where I am serving as a “Minister-in-Residence” for the Community Church of SMA, an English-speaking congregation, made up largely of ex-pats from the U.S. as well as Canada. Does being here mean that we have escaped the acrimonious world of U.S. politics?... Read More

Disturbing Business as Usual

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March 3, 2024 — Here’s my sermon from yesterday, March 3, the Third Sunday in Lent. You have a choice of the You Tube video, on which the sermon probably begins in the vicinity of the 15 minute mark, or of the written version below. It was a full house at Community Church, which I suspect has more to... Read More

At the WeekEnd, March 2 – 3

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March 1, 2024 — Made it to San Miguel de Allende. We were a little surprised on our first day here at how quiet the town seemed. That didn’t last long. March 1 began with “bombas” exploding well before 6:00 a.m. to signal the Fiesta of the Lord of the Conquest. Before long we found our way to central... Read More

Off To San Miguel de Allende

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February 27, 2024 — We are traveling today to San Miguel de Allende, a lovely small city nestled in the Sierra Madre Mountains about four hours north of Mexico City. It is popular destination for international visitors, but equally popular with Mexican tourists as well. Set at 6500′, San Miguel is full of art, music, great restaurants, beautiful churches... Read More