13 Jun

Mental Health and Wholeness for All

No matter how or when it happens, the news of someone taking his or her own life is shocking and horrifying.  As a society, we have made important strides in mental health education and treatment, but suicide remains greatly stigmatized and misunderstood.  The recent deaths...

06 Jun

Dare to Reach Out and Help Your Neighbor

Last week I wrote about the ongoing challenges we face as individuals and as a congregation to meet the needs of our neighbors.  It just so happened that after I wrote that post, two additional incidents occurred. One of them involved a middle-aged man who...

24 May

What do You Thirst For?

“Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters.” This is the opening line of Isaiah 55, a poetic, poignant, powerful chapter of the Old Testament writing ascribed to the prophet Isaiah.  The chapter is an invitation to Israel to enjoy life with God which is marked by...

17 May

Sin: Not a Popular Topic

This past weekend I spent two days in the dirt. On Friday I planted flower pots, pruned bushes, mowed the grass, put down mulch, and declared the deck “open for business” after hanging baskets and pots were moved into place. On Saturday I worked on...

11 May

An Abundance of Grace

For the past month I have been preaching about the Church and simultaneously, I have been experiencing church in ways that have left me speechless with wonder and delight. Last week I wrote about the myriad celebrations that had occurred in my community—a wedding, an...

01 May

Community with Frosting on Top

Are you ever so excited or happy or overjoyed that you think you might burst?  The weekend just past was like that at Calvary. A wedding, a third-grader receiving a Bible, voting on new Elders, celebrating Calvary’s 70th birthday, participating in the ordination of one...

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...