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It made a day of canvassing worth the effort…

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Last Saturday I volunteered for Washington United for Marriage, wandering the crowds at Fall City Days in the beautiful Cascade foothills, asking if people would sign a card of support for our Marriage Equality campaign.  (The Washington State Legislature passed … Continue reading

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The Birth of a Novel

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On Sunday morning, August 30th, 1992, I was in a pew in Westminster Presbyterian Church/Buffalo, NY for 10:00 am worship.  Something in the sermon–I cannot recall what specifically–raised a daring thought to mind.  I grabbed the only paper available, the … Continue reading

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Dear 8th-grader Hannah…

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ANSWERS TO 8th GRADER HANNAH’S THOUGHTFUL QUESTIONS This delightful request was re-posted on FaceBook on May 27th, 2012. Hi! My name is Hannah __________. I’m an 8th grader at _________ middle school and was wondering if you would be interested … Continue reading

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A page of “The Kairos” comes alive!

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If (1) someone spoke life-changing words to you when you were a college junior, AND (2) you included those words in a novel you wrote to fulfill a lifetime dream 46 years later, AND (3) that good soul consented to … Continue reading

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Seattle Men’s Chorus Director’s kudos … and a grateful reply

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A proud author moment? When Dennis Coleman, leader of the world’s largest gay men’s community chorus offered this blurb for THE KAIROS: “I couldn’t put this book down! It captivated my imagination and combined my love of theology with historical … Continue reading

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A progressive Christian pioneer: Mel White’s review

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Almost all readers of this blog will know who Mel White is.  Author of Stranger At The Gate and founder of SoulForce, Mel has been a hero to many of us for years and years.  If you need a refresher, … Continue reading

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Advent

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My Advent calendar is an old wooden pop-bottle carton.  I acquired it years ago from an antique dealer, and we have used it since the kids’ growing up years.  As you see, it sits on one end, has a velvet red … Continue reading

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Fear Not

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An explanation of “Fear not”?  Let scripture interpret scripture.  It is the word of the Lord, the first words of the divine, in so many of the kairos events, the moments when He broke into human time. And more, from Genesis … Continue reading

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Wanna see an old guy get excited about a word?

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I love a lot of words. I love the nerdy/turdy sound of the word “third.”  I love “reconnoiter” because it has that strange “oy” sound — notice how your lips have to make an O then pull back to a grin … Continue reading

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Great emailed reader-comments…

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This is the first post of what I hope will be many consisting solely of comments emailed in from readers.  Funny, poignant, thought-provoking, critical, laudatory….if they come directly to me I’ll post excerpts here. The idea came after receiving the … Continue reading

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October 22 poll

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For this poll, choose one or multiple answers, and/or add an answer of your own in the “other” box. (Note: answers are randomized for each visitor to avoid primacy and recency errors.) Continue reading

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Blogs and reviews

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  I’m delinquent in not having mentioned some recent terrific internet references to The Kairos. One is an extended interview by Kittredge Cherry on her always-interesting website JesusInLove.org.  Click here for that, and scroll down to Monday, October 17th. Thanks … Continue reading

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Which section(s) of this website did you like best?

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Which section(s) of this website did you like best?

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Alternative views… (or, “Now it begins!”)

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This was posted on The Kairos’ FaceBook page about 3:30 this afternoon.  I’m glad the gentleman was willing share his views, but it would seem healthier to me if we could engage in dialog. One assumes he’s objecting to the … Continue reading

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Cacoethes Scribendi–a pome by Oli

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My friend Ed found a poem I wasn’t aware of.  I’ve loved the term cacoethes scribendi since high school, but just today learned that Oliver Wendell Holmes used it as title for one of his poems.  Here it is, courtesy … Continue reading

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Launch Day addendum (5:45 pm)

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Woo-hoo!  The ranking’s still rising.  Word-of-mouth might turn this into a national conversation piece yet. (Let me know if you’ll come and counter-demonstrate when The Westboro Baptist Church picketers show up at my home, will you?)

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Launch Day–5:00 pm

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We’re under the 800 mark!  By Grace, we may reach even higher milestones , but we can be very pleased with Launch Day results. My deepest gratitude to all those who visited this site today, who bought books (or soon … Continue reading

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Launch Day–2:30 pm

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Beginning final approach! As we head into the final laps of Launch Day, look how far we’ve come: As Jay in Manhattan Beach says, “Imagine you were in a 10K race and you just passed more than 55,000 people of the 56,360 in … Continue reading

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Launch Day–1 pm

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Although there are signs of slowing–temporary, we might hope–the Amazon rankings for both paperback and Kindle continue to show upward progress.  At this hour, the paperback is ranked inside the top 1000 books on Amazon, and the Kindle version is … Continue reading

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Launch Day–12-noon

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With 45 paperback sales (Kindle reports don’t come until later), The Kairos continues to hold the 3125th rank among Amazon books at this hour.  It will take additional sales to maintain the position or move it upward.  One experienced and … Continue reading

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