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March

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First 100 Days…

By Dean Miller

One of the markers we have in this city is ‘the first 100 days’; it’s a term coined in a July 24, 1933, radio address by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Often seen as describing the first 100 days of his administration, FDR was actually referring to the 100 day session of the 73rd United… Read More »

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March

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What Are You Reading?

By Dean Miller

“What are you reading?” This is one of my favorite questions to ask as I’m always on the lookout for a new book, either for me, for Mary Ellen, or for our kids. This Lent as we are walking through Mark together I find myself lugging a large collection of different kinds of books from… Read More »

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February

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Dust we are, and to dust we shall return

By Dean Miller

“Help. Excuse me . . . help.” This summer past we spent several weeks in a charming English cottage in the charming small town of North Crawley, UK. Right across the laneway from our home lived an actively retired farmer named Bruce. Bruce was in his mid-80’s, had farmed for decades before selling his farm,… Read More »

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February

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Getting Ready ….

By Dean Miller

In the fall of 2013, several good friends and I decided to run an 8K together in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. We committed to this adventure late, just a few weeks from the race date, and in varying levels of fitness. But despite the short window from decision to starting line, I still wanted to prepare. I upped… Read More »

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January

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Introduction to Mark – Part 2

By Dean Miller

My first blog of the week stressed the immediacy of the action in the Gospel of Mark.  Today I want to highlight some of the context behind the writing of this gospel, and share a couple resources. The majority of scholars the past 100 years believe that Mark was the first gospel written, and that… Read More »

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January

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A Note from Dean + An Introduction to Mark

By Dean Miller

A quick aside before we get into the meat of this blog to say thank you to all who were there, who helped, who prayed in absence for this past weekend’s celebration and installation of me as the rector of Church of the Ascension.  For me it was a blessed and overwhelming couple of days. … Read More »

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December

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Ode to Chewy

By Dean Miller

Hamsters run all night long. I know this from personal experience. A few years ago from a combination of a kind godfather’s Christmas gift, allowance savings, earnest pleas and post-Christmas fatigue my wife and I green-lighted not one, not two, but three hamsters for our children. One hammie per kid. That whole day is still a… Read More »

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November

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Witness

By Dean Miller

Several weeks ago I had a profound lunch with some dear friends, a young couple deep in the throes of being parents for the first time.  Their glistening, beautiful daughter was a few months old, barely past that stage where children are big enough to sleep longer stretches in the night.  My friends had been… Read More »

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November

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Bean-Lover

By Dean Miller

I’m a late-blooming coffee lover. I know.  I’m as shocked as you are.  My generation led the resurgence of coffee shops across the land in the mid and late 1990’s.  I went to seminary in the wet and damp Northwest, a place that screamed for warm liquid.  The front door of my apartment in Vancouver… Read More »

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November

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Bus Stop Fruit Stand

By Dean Miller

Anglican pastor and theologian John Stott helps me at the bus stop. I love our bus stop (even though this year it’s more of a walk stop as most of the kids are walking to school).  The stop makes us a village place, where adults converse and kids are integrated into the life of our… Read More »