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New Covenant

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January 17, 2019

In case you haven’t heard, I might be running for President in 2020!  At least my son (who just turned 11 on January 2nd—where does the time go?) wants me to.  I told him I could never win but he insists that with him at the helm of the campaign I’d be a shoe-in. ...
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False Assumptions

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December 10, 2018

When Christmas Break comes up in three weeks (O Happy Day!), it will officially mark the mid-way point of my 9th year involved in public education.  However, though I’m only 29!, I’ve actually been involved in teaching on some level for 25 years.  I remember my first position instructing middle and high school students...
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Well Done Thou Good And Faithful Servant

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November 18, 2018

I, along with all the other 5,000 public school teachers in Lee County, recently received an email from the District telling us of The “New” Best and Brightest Incentive Program.  The details of the email, which took five pages to express, are essentially as follows.  Each teacher gets an annual rating based upon a...
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Who Are We Afraid Of?

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October 4, 2018

On the 31st of this month (which happens to fall on a Wednesday night this year—so come to church!), millions will flood the streets of America dressed in the garb of ghosts and goblins, the wardrobe of witches and warlocks, and the suits of superheroes and celebrities.  While most at the door will not...
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Are You Missing The Signs?

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September 30, 2018

I had to go (I mean got to go!) to jury duty a few weeks back.  I received my summons in the mail, I put in for the day off from work, I prepared my lesson plans and accompanying materials for the substitute teacher who would fill in for me (trust me, with all...
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If You Don’t Have Some Fire and Brimstone, Then You’ve Probably Got A Bunch Of Phony and Baloney!

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August 10, 2018

Every now and then the school where I teach asks me to offer a prayer (or “to say a few words”) before certain events.  Last year after hearing one such invocation and discovering that I’m a minister, a colleague asked me what church I pastored.  I answered and then inquired as to what church...
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Lessons From The Road

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July 15, 2018

(*My family used to take an expedition from Florida to Ohio nearly every year to visit relatives.  For various reasons we haven’t kept that tradition with as much continuity over the past decade or so.  Thankfully, they’ve started to come down and see us fairly frequently so that we still get to see them...
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Jesus Is The Greatest

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June 18, 2018

I remember Saturday mornings when I was a kid.  My parents would take me bowling at Gold Crown Lanes, a bowling alley in East Ft. Myers off of Palm Beach Boulevard.  (It’s since been torn down and now a small grassy field sits next to a cell phone store in its former location.)  While...
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Depression

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May 27, 2018

One Monday several years ago a preacher friend of mine asked me if I was having a “Blue Monday.”  I had never heard that particular expression before and wondered if perhaps, unbeknownst to me, I was not being my normal cheery self!  After putting a big (and quick) smile on my face, I asked...
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When Jesus Came Down From The Mountain…

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April 10, 2018

One Monday several years ago a preacher friend of mine asked me if I was having a “Blue Monday.”  I had never heard that particular expression before and wondered if perhaps, unbeknownst to me, I was not being my normal cheery self!  After putting a big (and quick) smile on my face, I asked...
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