Green Ey’d Monster-Meditation on that really hard passage from Mark 9:38-50 about millstones, drowning, ripping eyeballs out and chopping off hands.

Watch out of for the green-ey’d monster, we still tell the kids sometimes, when they’re busy wanting something that someone else has, thinking what they have is better than what they have. Kind of like this extra set of green eyes that grow out of their heads always looking for something they don’t have. IContinue reading “Green Ey’d Monster-Meditation on that really hard passage from Mark 9:38-50 about millstones, drowning, ripping eyeballs out and chopping off hands.”

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 ofContinue reading “The Abby Way- We take these hills together”

You Have a Voice: Meditation on Miracles

When we read about the miracle stories in the Bible, there is this expectation of a happily ever after kind of moment. If we believe in our God who is working within all of creation and did this specifically through the time when Jesus walked the earth, we take these passages at face value. GodContinue reading “You Have a Voice: Meditation on Miracles”

Go to your safe place! Sermon for this week

It had been a rough day; nothing in particular but at the same time, everything at once. I was just running some errands at the store and I ran into a good friend. I must have had the kind of day it was written across my face, because they stopped, really looked at me andContinue reading “Go to your safe place! Sermon for this week”

Apology Doesn’t Save Killer’s Life… meditation

I was sitting in one of our local libraries thinking about the Old Testament passage from the prophet Amos (Amos 7:7-15) and I came across this headline article from the Akron Beacon Journal dated Tuesday, June 30th with the headline, Apology Doesn’t Save Killer’s Life. The article recounts the final hearing for a young manContinue reading “Apology Doesn’t Save Killer’s Life… meditation”

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,Continue reading “God isn’t done with us yet… meditation”

Pledge of Allegiance to the Cross

This Fourth of July Weekend, our reading is from selected verses of Romans Chapter 13: “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God/Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenueContinue reading “Pledge of Allegiance to the Cross”

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 andContinue reading “Eat the Dust… meditation”

Οὕτως γὰρ ἠγάπησεν ὁ θεὸς τὸν κόσμον… meditation

Οὕτως γὰρ ἠγάπησεν ὁ θεὸς τὸν κόσμον, ὥστε τὸν υἱὸν τὸν μονογενῆ ἔδωκεν, ἵνα πᾶς ὁ πιστεύων εἰς αὐτὸν μὴ ἀπόληται ἀλλ’ ἔχῃζωὴν αἰώνιον.  John 3:16 in Koine Greek. What if there was someone you have grown to love that spoke in a language foreign to your own, what would you do? Language is one of those most fundamental communication symbols. We take it for granted but it is an amazing thing that we can take sounds likeContinue reading “Οὕτως γὰρ ἠγάπησεν ὁ θεὸς τὸν κόσμον… meditation”

Not yet, Right now…

I am writing today from my grandmother’s graveside near to my heart. Last month, it was from the hospital bedside and things, like they always do, moved so quickly that just now the time of grieving is starting to work through us. But as I meditate upon the events of the past month and thinkContinue reading “Not yet, Right now…”