Oriented to Grace

Silvrback blog imageTaking advantage of a quiet Saturday morning, I grabbed my Bible and journal and headed to our back deck. Underneath our open umbrella, I sat at the table, exhaled, and thanked God for a sanctuary of peace. Honestly, I was a bit "peopled out" from a week of customer service and found myself drinking in the stillness.

Throughout the week, . . .

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July 21, 2024

153 Large Fish

Recently, I went on a church retreat. Perhaps that sounds fun... unless you are an introvert like me. I like the security of knowing things. Retreats are the opposite of that.

"Where do we park?" "Where are we actually staying?" "Are we the only group that will be there?" "Are we going to do Ice Breakers?" "Is someone going to fill my . . .

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May 05, 2024

Time at the Table

Friday night is "date night" with my wife, Pam. We made that commitment in 2016 when our job situation was beginning to create a marital "ships-that-pass-in-the-night" scenario and we needed intentional time to catch up, to reflect, and to talk about things that were significant to our faith journey.

Four and a half years later when I . . .

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March 02, 2024

Willing Praise

Most every morning when I get up for work, I listen to Scripture from one of my Bible apps. Perhaps it is my nifty Bluetooth speaker or the rich, resonant, crystal-clear voice of David Suchet, but I find it easy to stay engaged with the Word as it is narrated.

One particular day, I felt a nudge to listen to Psalm 119. Resonating with the . . .

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February 11, 2024

The God of "Both/And"

For the last few weeks, I've been listening to the book of Luke when getting ready for work. It's been a refreshing way to focus my heart and my mind in the mornings and to get an eternal perspective on the day.

One of the things I have appreciated in hearing the Gospel stories is the breadth of ways that Jesus ministered to . . .

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November 04, 2023


When I got my first iPhone with beta facial recognition, I remember asking the sales associate whether I would need to remove my glasses when setting it up. (Remember when you actually went to a store to purchase a phone?) He graciously smiled and eagerly answered, "Oh no. You don't have to remove your glasses. It recognizes you even when you . . .

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October 01, 2023

Table Talk

My dad was an avid gardener, and my mom was a wonderful cook. With six children, our dinner times meant family packed around a large, wooden trestle table and a vast spread of food. Vegetables were plentiful, along with meat, potatoes, and bread. Friday nights were fish sticks and Saturday always meant homemade pizza using sauce from tomatoes . . .

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September 02, 2023


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