Why I Am Having A Hard Time…

This month marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, and I’m having a hard time celebrating. Let me explain. I know that as I write this article and you read it, there are many who have not learned or been taught what the Protestant Reformation is, many still wonder deeply about the differences between…

God is-I am

Who is God?  Take a moment and answer that question.     You put ten people in a coffee shop together and it is very likely that you will get 10 different answers to that question. Because often the question of who is God becomes a different question altogether, it becomes who is God to…

Restful Growth

Recently, when reading the classic book, Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster, I was deeply challenged by what he said. The following are his words about taking time to create a or go to a retreat to study Holy Scriptures. “Some of my most profitable experiences of study have come through structuring a private…

Party With The Angels!

This Sunday my church family is so excited to receive 5 of our youth as confirmed parishioners in our church family! They and their families have committed a lot of time to their growth in the Christian faith. Confirmation in our church body, of the many good purposes it serves, like education, maturity and rite…

Home Is Where…

  That is a plaque I have sitting in my living room window at home.  But I know, some of you would not agree with that statement. So hear are some you might like. Home is where: the cat is the horse is the wine is the coffee is. I liked this one in particular,…

Is Easter A Hiccup?

Pope Francis tweeted a few days ago some thoughts on Easter and the Resurrection, (yes, the Pope uses twitter and often!) “Let us meditate with wonder and gratitude on the great mystery of the Lord’s Resurrection.” “Since Christ is resurrected, we can look with new eyes and a new heart at every event of our…

What is Jesus worth to you?

What is knowing Jesus Christ worth to you? But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in…

Whose words are coming out of your mouth?

This past week, in my day to day conversations, I have quoted lyrics of songs and lines from movies, I’ve also spoken a lot of words that have come just from me, both positive and negative ones. I bet the same can be said of you. But I wonder how my conversations would have changed…

What will quench your thirst?

Have you ever been thirsty? Really, really thirsty? I remember years ago when Shiloh and I were in central Mexico on a mission trip to help build a home for disabled children. The work was hard and hot underneath that unforgiving sun and available clean water was very hard to come by. I was thirsty….

The Third Death

On Ash Wednesday the faithful received a sign of death placed upon their foreheads. We say the words at a funeral, “ashes to ashes and dust to dust” If a loved one is cremated many have their ashes in a special container or in a vault. Many as well will scatter those ashes to the…

4 Words You Don’t Hear About Much

Honor. Duty. Responsibility. Hard Work. These are some of the words that I have not heard about recently. Not in movies, or tv, or in the news or on the streets. My. Me. Want. Now. These are some of the words that I hear constantly in the movies, tv, news and on the streets. We…

Worst Religion Ever!

If I was going to make up a religion, it wouldn’t be Christianity. It might have something more to do with Scotch or how really important I am so everyone must pay attention to me, kind of religion! Christianity would be the worst made up religion ever, based not on  me/us, but on love and…