Startling reasons people race out in the freezing cold for…

A man clad only in boxer shorts stopped a thief from stealing his car in southern Norway – by clinging on to the roof in a hair-raising ride at -17C. Police say the owner was left “pretty bloody” after the car crashed into a safety barrier on a bridge. A suspect has been taken into police…

2+2=Jesus, Meditation on Applying Jesus

Learning and doing math is not and has never been one of my strong points. All through school, reading, English, lit, history, those were always the things I enjoyed and did well at, then came Math and I didn’t care as much. What am I supposed to do with this stuff anyways?! So not only…

Only a man…

Last week, I realized once again why I don’t watch daytime TV. All of us had just finished a run of the stomach flu that the kids brought home from school, like the little Petri dishes that they are. The kids were finally better enough to get back to class but Shi and I were…

Start at the End

“But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” Reading that passage from today’s Epistle lessons makes me want to say that traditional call and response we say every Easter, “Christ is Risen. He is risen indeed, Alleluia!” Say it with me, “Christ is Risen….

“Half a Million Bucks!”

What would you do with $675,000 dollars, a half a million bucks cash, tax-free? It is interesting that our modern day word talent, that we use to refer to personal gifts and abilities, comes directly from this Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30. But when Jesus was speaking about talents he was talking about…

The Key

This weeks meditation is from Matthew 16:13-20. I remember my first year of marriage with Shi, that year when you begin to really realize what it’s like living with a different person. I left the toilet seat up and she put it down. I left the cap off of the tube of toothpaste, which drove…

“Love Goes…”

God is love. I want you to think about what love does. We have a beautiful list in Holy Scripture that is recounted at nearly every Christian wedding, called the way of love from I Corinthians 13 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It…

“They thought they were drunk…”

“They thought they were drunk…” Sometimes, people who haven’t actually read the Bible come up with this rather silly notion, that the Bible was written much later than it was, written by the winners of history (so to speak) to make the disciples and the Christian faith look good. So, we don’t actually have to…

“What you say matters”

What you say matters. Obviously, right? Maybe not always? We were raised with useless rhymes like “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” But we know deep down inside that words hurt more than sticks and stones ever could. Words shape the core of who we are. Words can…

“For Jessica”

“So… what’s next?” This past week I travelled for a very brief trip to visit some good friends, friends who became family kind of friends, in Alabama. Their youngest daughter Jessica was graduating from High School and I made a promise a long time ago that I would see her walk. The next day while…

Heaven is my home???

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness intohis marvelous light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (I Peter 2:9-10)…