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A Slice Of Life To Go is an online Christian blog written by Todd Thompson. It encourages people to see the beauty in ordinary moments and to know God’s unconditional, unfailing love in everyday life.

Integrity

Playing For Keeps

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

You’ve probably heard about it in the news this past week. Pat Robertson, ordained Baptist minister and former Republican presidential candidate was asked a question on his “700 Club” TV show. Robertson was asked what advice a man should give to a friend who began seeing another woman after his wife started suffering from Alzheimer’s. […]

Monet 77

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

What are you signing your name to? Some years ago my friend Duane Cross and I were in the Chicago area attending a preaching/speaking conference at Willow Creek Church. Before going to O’Hare to catch our plane, we spent several hours at the Chicago Art Institute. If someone gave me a ticket to anywhere in […]

Tipping Point

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Most Sunday evenings you’ll find me somewhere having coffee with friends, doing my best to finish out the weekend while staving off the coming work week. On this night my friend Allen Weathers, worship pastor at Turning Point Church, and I were at IHOP enjoying the java and conversation. Our server, we’ll call her “Lori”, […]

Two Too Many

Monday, October 18th, 2010

It’s about a quarter till five at United on 50th and Q and every line is at least three carts deep. It’s not always a given that the Express Lane is faster. Most of us would rather push a cart than carry a basket so I check each one to see if maybe someone only […]

The Danger Of Seeing Yourself As The Good Guy

Monday, August 16th, 2010

In literature, he or she is referred to as the “protagonist”. The leading character, hero, or heroine of the drama. These are the good guys. The good girls. The characters who, though not perfect and may stumble along the way, do the right thing. Especially in the end. As good literature proves, without tension there […]

When Your Burden Becomes An Idol – A Confession

Monday, July 26th, 2010

The following is a confession. I’ve apologized and asked forgiveness of the offended Party. Now it’s time for that “confess your sin to one another” part of the process. In a sentence…I have allowed my burden to become an idol. For my readers who don’t know me, four years ago my spouse chose to walk […]

Love That Lasts

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

(This appeared as the back page “Classic Thoughts” column in the February 2010 issue of “The Classic”, the alumni magazine of  Northwestern College. I’m grateful for the privilege to contribute to this fine publication.) Pulling into the parking lot, I ask my 9-year-old twin daughters the same question I ask every week. “Girls, what are […]

Your Best Act Of Worship

Friday, November 20th, 2009

How do you worship God? Do you sing? Do you play a musical instrument? Do you pray? Do you read the Bible? Do you dance? These are all appropriate expressions of worship. (Yes, my Baptist friends, even dancing.) Yet it seems that the best act of worship is one we often fail to do. Or […]

What’s Your Flavor?

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

One of my seminary professors, Dr. Steve Tracy, earned his doctorate at the University of Sheffield in England. For part of his degree program he relocated his family to the UK. When Thanksgiving rolled around, they had been there for some time. Long enough to be missing home and family in the United States. They […]

Shadow

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

It’s 8:27 AM. I’m running 5 minutes late. Grab the keys, pull the door shut behind me and hit the garage door button on the way out. The motor drones and plays the familiar tune of creaking and rolling and lifting, the morning anthem that starts my day. A double glance in the rear view mirror (I’ve heard the stories about people backing before looking) […]

Blind Spots

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

In the aftermath of my relocation to Texas I’ve spent evenings going through all the boxes in the garage, merging and purging as the items dictate. I think it was Erma Bombeck who said, “When you see how quickly things accumulate on their own, you wonder why you bother to save anything on purpose.” Among the boxes […]

Real

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

Over the holidays some dear friends gave me a great Christmas present. Tickets to Santa’s Village, a Christmas theme amusement park that sets up each year at Firebird Raceway here in Phoenix. We had a blast on the rides, eating kettle corn and cotton candy. It was a delightful afternoon spent making memories with my twin 6-year […]

Walking Beans

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Back in the day, before farmers relied solely on herbicides in their Iowa soybean fields, the preferred method of weeding was “walking beans”. It was a predictable summer job. You’d get your crew together, most of the time your family, spread out and walk down the field getting rid of the weeds that grew. Each […]

Owning It

Monday, December 4th, 2006

Hope Covenant, my home church, is in Chandler, Arizona. Like the other towns in the Phoenix valley, it began as a small farming town that over the decades morphed into an urban area. About 3 million people live in the metro area known as the “Valley of the Sun”. Vestiges of the former agricultural existence […]

Paint Job

Monday, September 25th, 2006

When I was in high school, a friend of mine made plans to spend his summer riding across the United States with a group of bicycle enthusiasts. For his trip he bought a brand new Sekai touring bike. The bike was expensive and looked it. Everything from wheel to wheel was top of the line. […]

“I’m Sorry”

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

Last Wednesday evening I took the girls to Golfland to play mini-golf. When you play putt-putt with twin 6-year olds, you don’t bother playing yourself. You just help them try to stay focused on the hole in front of them and keep them from trying to climb the Windmill or wade in the water hazard. […]

Preparation

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

Most people have likely never heard of my college alma mater, a small Christian liberal arts school in Orange City, Iowa. But since Deb Remmerde went on the CBS Morning Show last Monday a lot more of the country knows about Northwestern College.   Deb is a sophomore All-American basketball player for the Lady Raiders. […]

Integrity and Trust

Friday, January 20th, 2006

About 12 years ago when we moved to the Phoenix valley one of the things we wanted to do was find a church to attend. We visited quite a few. One Sunday during a worship service at a church in Mesa, the pianist played a solo. An arrangement of an old hymn. It was one […]

Who Do You Think Makes The Coffee?

Thursday, July 7th, 2005

Is there a job that you think is beneath you? Has your education, position, title, or wealth elevated you beyond performing mundane tasks? Ever since high school I had a sense that seminary would be in my future. After graduating from college I realized it wouldn’t be wise for me to go straight to graduate […]