Author Archives: Tom Long

Dream Church – Dogs, Dancing and Daylight

I have a dream church. It wouldn’t be to everyone’s taste. I have friends who love going to mega-churches with professional preaching, professional musicians, and professional productions of the service. It is a sort of Broadway production in their hometown, … Continue reading

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HOW BIG IS GOD’S TENT?

I ran into another old man at Island Jo’s coffee shop. I liked his haircut and asked him about his barber. As in many small towns, this led to a rather extended conversation. He told me that he had been … Continue reading

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The Root of the Fruit

Jesus tells a parable that reveals the key for figuring out the source of a leader’s authority and that by which we ourselves are motivated.

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The Rod, The Rock, and The Water-Beach Meditation 10

Exodus 17:1-7 17 The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2 So they quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us … Continue reading

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Life, Death, and Living – Beach Meditation 9

The epistle reading for this Sunday contradicts the character in Kenny Chesney’s song. Philippians 1:21-30 21 For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for … Continue reading

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