03 Nov

The Election is Almost Here

Finally, it’s nearly here. Which means it’s nearly over. I have been ready for this election to be over for months already, and I know I am not alone. For one thing, I am hoping my phone will stop ringing so much. My phone number...

27 Oct

Reformed and Always Reforming

This Sunday my church, along with many other churches around the country and around the world, will mark the 499th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. October 31, 1517 is the date we Protestants commemorate Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the...

20 Oct

Let Wonder Have Its Way

While I am away, one more prayer from Guerrillas of Grace: Let Wonder Have Its Way with Me O God, your gracious Spirit moves over the mysteries of living and dying and is strangely present to me in the falling leaves, the call of the wild geese, a child’s birth, the light in...

13 Oct

Need to Breathe Deeply

Last week I shared some reflections on prayer. To continue that theme, today I share with you a prayer from a beautiful collection of prayers entitled, Guerrillas of Grace, written by Ted Loder. If you happen to feel harried or overwhelmed, I hope this prayer will...

06 Oct

Prayer is a Mystery

Is there anything more enigmatic in all the world than prayer? Prayer is a core practice for people of faith whether they adhere to Christianity, Judaism or Islam. I can only speak for my own faith tradition and my own personal experiences in prayer, of...

29 Sep

How Do You Handle Difficult People?

How do you handle difficult people? Difficult people are a fact of life. There is no escaping the reality that some people pose ongoing challenges for us, and those challenges can come in a variety of forms. There are the constant complainers or whiners; the malignant...

15 Sep

Gratitude: The Antidote to Expectations

Expectations are killing me. I know that probably sounds a little melodramatic, but I’m not sure that it is. My most recent run-in with lethal expectations started with a really challenging weekend. On Saturday I officiated at a memorial service that involved a tragic and untimely...

08 Sep

Fifteenth Anniversary of 9/11

This year the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11 falls on a Sunday. Many churches all across the country will be commemorating the day in various ways during their worship services. I thought long and hard about what we should do at Calvary to recognize this pivotal day...

31 Aug

Wormy Situations

In my denomination all pastors are encouraged to be part of a clergy group. There are no guidelines about the groups—who or how many can be in them, how they are structured, what the group focuses on, etc. So, there are some all-female groups, some...