Category Archives: Personal Reflection

thoughts about my own personal study, travel, growth, etc.

“See How They Love One Another”

Love— a big topic! The word is often misunderstood, misused, abused, twisted. And yet in the current debacle of love (in both the church and the world), there is a genuine love based on truth. What we in the church … Continue reading

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Forty Years—Changes in Life

Forty years ago this month was a monumental time for me and my wife. I was in the Navy, had just been picked up for regular Navy, had been selected to attend Naval Postgraduate School (Monterey, CA), and we were making … Continue reading

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Nostalgia in music

I have been a country music fan my entire life. We received our first 78 record player in 1951. A few months later we got a record Lefty Frizzell, “Mom and Dad Waltz.” I was not quite 3 years old … Continue reading

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Family Reflection 2016

This photo is of my great grandfather (Joseph Brown) and great grandmother (Jenny Smith), married June 29, 1900. My parents married on June 29, 1946. Joseph and Jenny had 11 children, and Jenny died at age 37. Jenny Smith’s parents … Continue reading

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English style in translation

In my morning reading the text was Isaiah 6:1-7:9. I have read it many times. But today I read the text in the ESV. One verse stood out as awkward English. Isaiah 6:11 Then I said, “How long, O Lord?” … Continue reading

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Dogs and me

A little different focus today. This past week a couple of vivid memories of our dogs came to mind. My life with animals and especially dogs was important when I was growing up. We lived on a farm, so cows, dogs, … Continue reading

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Church in the Midst of Turmoil

In the midst of much public angst, fear, etc. over the past week, accusations have been flung at Christians, specifically Evangelicals, about what should be done, changed, etc. In this post I will address that topic. But more, there is … Continue reading

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