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Sometimes life makes you slow down. Sometimes life makes you speed up. This has been a slow down season for me. Which is really interesting considering we’re smack dab in the middle of Lent. Lent is when you are supposed to reflect and count the cost. I’ve been away from church work and leading worship for 4 weeks. And I haven’t missed it too much. There is no void or empty feeling nagging at me. Maybe I’m not created for religion? Maybe I’m created for relationship?

On March 1, 2010 we met our second son, Masamo, in Ethiopia. We spent a week there getting to know him and enjoying the hospitality of the Ethiopian culture. Now I’m taking some more time doing the important work of bonding with our new kid. You can read about our trip and learn more at http://MeetTheFaulkners.com.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” ~James 1:27

“He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing.” ~Deuteronomy 10:18

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IWS 2009

Right now, I’m in Orange Park, FL at the Robert Webber Institute for Worship Studies. I come every June to work on my doctoral degree in Worship Studies. It’s always a rich time of learning to think deeply and differently about worship, as well as connecting with friends I’m made along the way.

But it is tough to leave the family behind. 3 year olds are stressful, at least they seem to be sometimes when you’re in the middle of a tantrum. But when you step out of the normal flow of life and leave them behind, you really miss them. Thank goodness for video chat….
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