Posts from March 2013

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Cleaning House :: The way not to grow…

by Reece Mashaw

Every time Erin and I clean the house we end up silently criticizing each other. Eventually that silent criticism takes on new life when I open my stupid mouth and give it a voice. It has happened more times than I can remember since early on in our marriage. At some point I will say […]

The Spiritual Discipline Of Trash Collection

by Reece Mashaw

Back in my college days I was a part of a scholarship “ministry team.” Which should let you know that I went to a Christian school, since nobody else gives you scholarships for “ministry.” The specific team I was on was called YouthQuest, which sounds really lame but it was actually pretty awesome. We traveled […]

The Things We Do For Community… Even if that community speaks Klingon, wears skin-tight costumes in public, and carries the rank of lieutenant on an imaginary starship

by Reece Mashaw

So, I’m going to make a pretty big confession here. I’m a recovering “Trekky”(or Star Trek fan, for those of you too cool to know such things).  I hesitate to say this because I know what immediately jumped into your minds – the freaky, geeked-out dudes in costumes arguing whether Geordi was a better engineer […]

Preschool Graduations :: Thoughts on God’s joy in us

by Reece Mashaw

Every year our church hosts the graduation ceremonies for the Preschool next door. And every year I am amazed at the insane level of enthusiasm in the room. Parents start showing up, as early as, two hours before the ceremony hoping to secure a good seat for pictures. There are tripods being set up at […]

Allergies, Needle Anxiety & Growth

by Reece Mashaw

For the past couple of weeks, each bright, new, hopeful morning has been accompanied by the misery of itchy, swollen eyes, mucousy coughs, unrelenting sneezing and a runny nose that flows like the Euphrates. This isn’t new for me, in fact, for most of my life I have suffered under the tyrannous reign of allergens. […]

Castles Made Of Sand :: When Parenting Meets Life-Planning…

by Reece Mashaw

Last summer we took a spontaneous two-day trip to the beach. It was a desperately needed break from our other responsibilities to focus on our, too often neglected, yet critically important, relationships within our own family. One of my favorite memories from the trip revolved around the classic family activity of sandcastle building. An activity […]

Meet Sam The Skeptic

by Reece Mashaw

If I weren’t a Christian I think I’d be really tempted to be a subjective relativist. You know, the guys who believe that truth is relative and no one can really know what it is. I could be friends with all kinds of cool people who smoke hookah pipes, wear scarves in the summer and […]

The Death Of Robin :: How Grace Killed My Dreams…

by Reece Mashaw

As a kid, I always had a very active imagination. I could entertain myself for hours, with nothing more than my own thoughts.  Sometimes creating alternate realities where the fate of the world would ultimately depend on my hand-to-hand martial arts combat skills. Or I’d be heading up some rock band that I single-handedly propelled […]

Parental Advisory :: This Book Contains Explicit and Violent Scenes

by Reece Mashaw

Yesterday I was in the middle of my normal morning routine… shower, clothes, brushing teeth, flossing (eh, who am I kidding… I floss, like, twice a year). Anyway, the TODAY show was on, as usual. And I hear a little knock on the door and Gavin walks in, “Daddy, can you tie my shoes?” Which […]