Not Alone During Christmas

Walking through the nursing home years ago, still a fresh and green pastor, on my way to visit a parishioner in rehab. I never spent a lot of time in nursing homes before this, hospitals yes, but never nursing homes. I didn’t know, I didn’t realize how many grandmas and grandpas, honored veterans and someone’s…

Quiet and Dignified Kind of Life

“that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”      I Timothy 2: 2b There was a small picture hanging in my grandmother’s kitchen that I’ve been looking at since I was a small child and it now hangs in my workshop at home. You may have seen this…

“Something New” Meditation on when bad things happen…

It’s all happened like this before. I can’t count the number of times I have heard, read on Facebook or responded in my blog about this idea that the whole world is going to hell in a handbasket, this is the worse than it has ever been (especially for Christians), there are wars and rumors…

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…

The Abby Way- We take these hills together

(Abby and her parents Rick and Lindsay are part of my church family and an inspiration to me.)  I’ll never forget the grin on Lindsay’s face when she showed me the video of Abby walking on her own in physical therapy. I’ve only known Abbs for a little over 2 years now, but most of…

God isn’t done with us yet… meditation

She was a hopeless case, I would just shake my head and sigh more times than not. She came from an impoverished neighborhood with a few strikes already against her. But it wasn’t that but her insistence to just fight with me, about everything and anything she could think of. God, faith, Jesus, church, life,…

Eat the Dust… meditation

The steadfast love of the Lord remains. What happens when it all falls apart around you, the structures and buildings, the foundations and the life you have built, when you lose what you wanted to be secure, what happens when it all falls apart around you? What happens when you get what you want and…

What is your wealth?

I remember not long before I started my classes at the Seminary and went into this career, before Shi and I had our little munchkins, asking myself a very honest question. “Was this really what I wanted to do?” At the time I was concerned about the finances, we were broke college students looking ahead…

Is Holy Baptism Scandalous?

There is something scandalous about baptism. When parents come to have their children baptized, when I came to the waters of Holy Baptism to pour the baptismal water on my children’s little foreheads, there is something scandalous that happens there. Parents are bringing these children to the water and saying that their children have a…

How do you see Jesus?

I don’t think I like text messaging very much. Like most of my generation I use it all the time and I’m very comfortable with it, but I just don’t think I like it all that much. I’ve been surprised how much text messaging, messaging on Facebook and the like has become such a big…