Month: September 2020

  • Dog Gone It!

    We have a dog in our neighborhood that’s a fence jumper. Every so often, even with the gate shut, he just appears in the backyard. He’s friendly enough, but we worry what might happen if he gets in when our two little dogs are out. We thought we had the problem solved. Our super-athletic trespasser […]

  • God’s Psychiatry

    The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 39:18 (NIV In 2007, after a second bout with cancer, my dad died. I realize this isn’t the most engaging starting sentence, but please stay with me. A few months after dad passed, my wife and I were visiting […]

  • Weeds Are Flowers Too

    “Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.” A.A. Milne If the guys on my dorm hallway at seminary had been the twelve disciples, then *Sean Fitzpatrick would have been Peter. Too say that ‘Surly Sean,’ as he was known, was rough around the edges is putting it kindly. Brash, quick tempered and […]

  • What was that, God?

    I once heard a story about a little boy who misheard part of the Lord’s Prayer. Where it says, “forgive us our trespasses,” he thought the people at church were saying, “forgive us our trash baskets.” There’s actually a term for this. According to, a word or phrase resulting from a mishearing of another […]