A Pilgrim's Journal

Reflections on the Journey

And Time Slows Down…

I just had my oldest son’s four children over for a “sleepover at Grandpa’s house.”  Although it was less than 24 hours together (not a big deal, right?), it was a wonderful and satisfying 24 hours, huddled up with my grandchildren on a cold Saturday night.  We made s’mores over …

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The Voice of the Inner Critic

A number of months ago, I came home from work and gave my wife Jill a summarized recounting of the day, declaring with loud exasperation, “I worked like crazy today and didn’t get anything done.” She looked at me like I had grown a horn out of the middle of …

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Grace In the Ordinary

I’ve had a practice with my band and jazz band students at the faith-based university where I teach of sharing a brief devotional meditation from my recent Bible reading at the start of each rehearsal. It is short and often, at least to me, quite unremarkable. I’ve pledged to them …

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Stay Home!

As I write this, we are something like two weeks into the Governor-ordered social distancing andshelter-in-place guidelines in Colorado related to the Coronavirus. What a disorienting and anxious timefor many of us. An added level of disorientation was already present in my life, as we’ve been out of our home …

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Reflections on Anxiety

I am an anxious person. When I was a kid, more than once one of my parents would say, “Mark, you’re a worry wart.” I hated that. It sounded weak and, now, through adult categories a bit categorical. But I suppose I was. I was terrified of tornados, to the …

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Gospel Reminders

This talk was presented in chapel at Colorado Christian University.  Sharing from Scripture and my own life story, I seek to remind us all of the beauty of the good news of the gospel, and how foundational its message of forgiveness is to how we live our lives. Anyone struggling …

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