12 Apr

Stepping into the Chaos Together

In the Old Testament, Joshua 3 records the story of the Israelites crossing the Jordan River into the Promised Land. The crossing occurs at harvest time, when the river routinely overflows its banks. The people will have to cross the swollen waters, a detail that...

05 Apr

More than Lilies and Alleliuas

He is risen!  He is risen indeed!   These are the first words spoken every year at our Easter Sunday worship—and at countless other churches across the country and around the world.  That is, after all, the reason for Easter. Without Christ’s resurrection, there would be...

28 Mar

Sunday is Coming. Hallelujah!

What did you, could you think as they pounded through your open palms forcing coarse, bloody iron nail to sink deep into the splintered wood?   Did you feel the grasp of panic, that sudden, stomach-wrenching sense that this, at the very last, is it no further chance of changing, turning back?   Were...

22 Mar

Blanketed by Snow and Forgiveness

Have you noticed that children do not have to be taught to be loud? Really, really loud? I considered this seemingly universal truth again yesterday. The Washington DC area was blanketed by about 8 inches of a “welcome to the first full day of Spring,...

15 Mar

Waiting on the World to Change

How do you handle waiting?  I don’t know anyone who actually likes to wait, but waiting is a pretty regular part of all our lives.  We wait in line and in traffic. We wait on our spouse or children.  We wait on the nurse to...

09 Mar

Setting Aside Our Politics

  Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. -Isaiah 55:6-7 Look...