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Only More So

March 5, 2020

Only More So Michael Jinkins   Several years ago I took the plunge and got a copy of Julia Child’s classic cookbook. Among the many lessons I learned from Julia is how to reduce a sauce. The flavors not only become concentrated, they actually develop new dimensions in their reduced state. But the thing that […]

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What Mardi Gras Can Teach America

February 27, 2020

 What Mardi Gras Can Teach America Michael Jinkins   Standing at the back of the ballroom at the New Orleans Hyatt Hotel I learned something that could go a long way toward healing our country during this polarized and mean age.   Michael Bell had just finished escorting one of the lovely young women into […]

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The School of Broken Hearts

February 20, 2020

The School of Broken Hearts Michael Jinkins   When Debbie, our children and I were preparing to leave my first solo pastorate in a small town in central Texas, the wonderful woman who cared for our children each day while we worked wept as Jeremy and Jessica clambered into their carseats and we drove away. […]

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Silence

February 13, 2020

Silence Michael Jinkins   Erling Kagge has journeyed to the North Pole, the South Pole, and climbed Mount Everest: the first person in the world to do so. In addition to being an attorney, an art collector and a publisher, he has written six books on a variety of subjects including philosophy. But I would […]

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Buses and Anxieties

February 6, 2020

Buses and Anxieties Michael Jinkins   There are some old sayings about the ways in which misfortune visits us. Like late buses, problems tend to come in bunches, we have been told. Another version says that bad things come in threes, which is usually really unnerving if you’ve just been visited by two so far. […]

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The Strawberry and the Cardinal

January 30, 2020

The Strawberry and the Cardinal Michael Jinkins     One day this man walking along the road approaches a farmer tending his strawberry patch. He is enjoying a holiday, hiking from one country inn to another. Each day he sees sights he has never seen before and dines sumptuously each evening on the best foods […]

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I Have Done Unspeakable Things

January 23, 2020

I Have Done Unspeakable Things Michael Jinkins     The man stood before me. He was old, perhaps five feet tall, thin, sinewy and hard as a pine knot. “I have done unspeakable things,” he said, his eyes dark pools that no light known to this world could penetrate. The faces he saw at night […]

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Giving Thanks for Our Afflictions?

January 16, 2020

Usually when we give thanks, we give thanks for the more pleasant blessings we receive from life. But today I’d like for us to think about those blessings life brings us that come wrapped in pain instead of pleasure.   A couple of decades ago I was sitting in a group therapy session in Dallas, […]

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Sabbathing

January 9, 2020

Sabbathing Michael Jinkins   “There is a realm of time where the goal is not to have but to be.” (Abraham Heschel)     He ran the nicest supermarket in town. In a time when most grocery stores were still mom and pop affairs. The long wide aisles of his store, the gleaming glass freezer […]

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Awake

January 2, 2020

Awake Michael Jinkins     A couple of years ago, a publication from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) featured an article decrying the teaching of Mindfulness in public schools. Although Debbie and I support the work of SPLC, I was very disappointed in the article because it completely grabbed the wrong end of the […]

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