We’re Independent

Independence starts young. We want to go our own way. We run into the street or through a grocery store to see if our parents will chase us. Most seek to become independent of their parents, saying they can’t wait to get out on their own. We buy our own house, our own car, our…

Weeds or Wheat?

As I have begun to read parables and read about parables, I have a couple observations.  First, that Jesus guy was one smart dude.  He made the stories simple enough to be understood by children and profound enough that they’ve been studied for centuries. Second, my understanding of parables is more at the children end…

Moving Beyond Story to Parable

Parsonage Parables began as a way to connect with my siblings of my recollections about growing up in a pastor’s family. I would send some stories to my family and then began posting a few writings on Facebook.  A couple people encouraged me to begin this blog. My original idea was to post every week…

For Another Year

It’s quiet here in my box, I can’t even come out on a Midnight Clear. The days and the Nights are Silent. But I can tell when it’s becoming the Bleak Midwinter. O’ the Faithful will Come And I’ll be out of this box and I’ll be on the O’ Christmas Tree, O’ Christmas tree.…

Naughty or Nice

My son’s neighborhood had a gathering of all the children to meet with Santa. Our son told our granddaughter that she needed to tell Santa that she’d been naughty but that she’d be nice from now until Christmas. Thought this was an interesting statement from the kid who didn’t sleep an entire night until he…

Being Anonymous

 I’ve always been an anonymous guy. That gifts, whenever possible, should be given without personal recognition. When you give to others, they should not know the giver. If I’m completely honest, I’ve probably been a little self-righteous about it all. I serve on the board for The Community Outreach, an organization that provides financial assistance,…

The Many Signs of Advent

Driving in Dallas this week, they have an astounding complex of elevated roads, express roads, and road roads.  It’s incredible to think of the planning (and the expense) of putting this matrix of highways into place.  Along with the matrix comes an abundance of signs. At the beginning, it was a little overwhelming to figure…