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Luke is a dad living in NYC who loves Mockingbird and The Grateful Dead.

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    The Parable of the Gambling Chips

    I’d like to tell you a story about three guys who go on a trip to a casino in Las Vegas. There is a twist, which is that the owner of the casino is God, the manager is Jesus, and the bartender is St. Paul. Wouldn’t that be a sight to see? The three friends […]

    Enjoy Your Forgiveness

    A few years ago an interesting phrase began popping into my head, and it began to have a big impact on me and my thinking. That phrase is Enjoy Your Forgiveness. I want to share a few thoughts about that phrase, along with its origin in my thought process. It was during an Easter season […]

    That’s All There Is to It: When Grace Came to Mayberry

    For the last few weeks I’ve been introducing my children to The Andy Griffith Show. The classic show is particularly special to me because it was on in my childhood home about every night. I grew up in Winston-Salem, NC, which is not far from the fictional town of Mayberry, based on the real town […]

    A Long Strange Trip through Death to Life

    The highly anticipated documentary on The Grateful Dead, Long Strange Trip, is now on Amazon Prime.  I have previously written about the effect that the music of The Grateful Dead has had on me for Mockingbird, and in light of the documentary I thought it would be a great time to revisit them in a […]

    On Surviving the Holidays: Personal Suffering and the Demand of Christmas Cheer

    I have always loved Christmas. This time of year is what I looked forward to for much of my life. I love everything about Christmas. Movies, decorations, music, food, Santa, gifts, and more food. My family Christmases growing up were near picture perfect. My mother and father went all out and made home a magical […]

    Hopelessly Devoted: John Twelve Verse Twenty Four

    Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Lately I’ve been meeting with a lot of clergy. They have unanimously said the same thing to me, “you are going through a slow death-like experience!” I […]