Author Archives: OpenFaced

About OpenFaced

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Tree Man

For at least 25 years I’ve been doodling trees–in margins of notebooks in high school English, on my flared jeans in Sharpie during Survey of the Old Testament in college.  Near home in Tinley Park, Illinois, there was one particular … Continue reading

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Confessions of the Tarred and Graveled

“Be hospitable to one another without complaint. As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:9 NASB I went to bed unsettled last … Continue reading

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Echo

Still in their respective mothers’ wombs when cancer took her life, these were the first two of the five grandchildren who didn’t get to meet our sweet Grandma Ruth. Offspring of Ruth’s younger sons, Ryan was due first but took … Continue reading

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Bouquet

Maybe it’s because she’s a sucker for flowering roadside weeds, but she thinks to herself that what she just witnessed was a few seconds of life distilled into its most hopeful, most essential. At 60 mph, she just saw an … Continue reading

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Marine Layer

There are those parenting moments, even on vacation, maybe especially on vacation, when you look down at your children and you seem to be without hope for their character, their well-being, even their souls. They will never stop bickering or … Continue reading

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Evangeline out & back again

Sometimes when you stop looking for love it finds you.  Maybe the same goes for evangelism.  I kind of threw in the towel.  Then later in my own seeking, with little awareness for gospel-sharing potential, I saw God working. I … Continue reading

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XRT

We vow to listen to XRT until we are out of range. A radio preset button stays programed for just such occasions, like a memento.  It’s a little like holding onto a 312, 847, 708 or 773 phone number long … Continue reading

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