Reinventing the Wheel?

This week’s gospel reading is from John 15. It is one of the more beloved passages and my confirmation verse. Jesus said, I am the vine and you are the branches. This passage pulls from imagery of leaves and branches connected to the main vine that has roots deep underground. It is these roots that…

Don’t Hope

We use the words “I hope” a lot.  I hope I don’t get sick. I hope I get that job. I hope for a better life. I hope my favorite sport’s team wins again? With all of that hope, we usually can do positive things to work towards what we hope for. Except for our sport’s…

It’ll be okay, really.

Some of the most beautiful words in the New Testament I think are when Jesus comes to his disciples after the Resurrection and says to them, Peace to You!  (Luke 24:36ff)  Then Jesus shows them his hands and feet, lets them touch him, says “look I’m not a ghost, it’s me, I’m real, peace to…

Who Will You Agree With?

We are quickly coming to the close of this special holy season of Lent with Palm Sunday services this weekend. Imagine Jesus, on that Palm Sunday surrounded by all of those crowds who all wanted something different from Him or what his Heavenly Father had sent Him to do.Jesus had a choice, which way to…

Christmas vs. Easter Throwdown!

“Christmas is the most important holiday!” I don’t know how my son and I got onto this conversation. I think we were talking about our favorite seasons and I mentioned that Autumn was mine because I love Halloween. Philip said that it seems like all of the other holidays are just one big build up…

Stressed? Depressed? Me too.

How’s your stress level this week? Is it high and you feel like hitting the panic button? How about your feelings of being down? We just had a little teaser of spring and now it’s grey and cold again and people are feeling blue. Is there anything bothering you this week, any fears gnawing away…

Lovely Dust

For faithful Christians everywhere, tomorrow, on Ash Wednesday, begins the observance of the season of lent. For many, this season brings to mind, giving up chocolate for 40 days or trying to jump start an exercise program. Those can be good things for us to do, except maybe giving up the chocolate, especially on Valentine’s…

When Coffee Doesn’t Cut It

When you’re tired and worn out where do you get your energy from? Number one answer I’ve heard so far is…coffee! As Christians in particular, a large part of our faith life is giving. Sacrificing for the benefit of our brothers and sisters in the faith, showing mercy and compassion, giving to the poor and…

Will you accept the challenge?

Do you like learning? Knowing you, there will be a number of different answers to that question, like: yes, I love learning, no, not really, learning is too much like school, or I like learning new things but by watching the history channel, working on engines, or reading books. The great thing of about learning…

Follow Me?

Our Gospel reading this Sunday from Mark 1:21-28 shows Jesus commanding a demon that had possessed a man to come out, and it did. The demon did not have any choice in the matter. Jesus has given to us a number of commands as well, commands just as sure as the one given to the…

It’s Jesus in the Years

When I would drop my kids off at school there was a jeep in the parking lot that had this message on it. It’s the life in the years. It comes from the saying- “it’s not the years in a life but the life in the years.” I like the message, in part. It is…

How to keep Christmas all year long

“And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! That is probably one of the most famous lines from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. That is next to one of my all-time…