BUT FIRST, THIS:
An Italian court case hinging on whether Jesus ever existed has taken an interesting turn.
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In my blog entries for Oct. 17 and Oct. 22, 2005, (they're still in the archives for you) I shared some photos I had taken here and there (many from Vermont) as a way of saying that I think we can get a sense of God's love for beauty and art when we simply look around outside.
Today I want to share some photos for the same purpose, but these were all taken last weekend on a trip to the Lake of the Ozarks, where my bride and I spend a little time each January with friends celebrating birthdays.
Yes, spring is gorgeous in many ways. And I love the flowers of summer and the foliage of autumn. But winter offers its own special beauty -- even when there is no snow on the ground, as there was not last weekend.
So this weekend, just take a few minutes to enjoy what I did last weekend.
To read my latest Kansas City Star work, click here. My Saturday column this weekend is about the crucial role clergy play in times of disaster.