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...

08 Feb

Stepping out in Faith to Be the Kingdom

This past Sunday my community of faith gathered for worship as we do each week.  Following the service, however, we moved downstairs into the Fellowship Hall for lunch and our annual congregational meeting.  This event is an opportunity for us to spend time over a...

01 Feb

Walking Wet…Leaving Footprints of Grace

I am hungry. When I am physically hungry, my stomach has a no-nonsense way of getting my attention. It gurgles and growls. I feel an emptiness and a gnawing in my belly that my body is inviting me—no, demanding me—to address. The physical sensations that...

25 Jan

Simplicity, Part 2

A few years ago I was doing some reading about Sabbath and Sabbath practices.   It is tragic that for many people, “Sabbath-keeping” is associated with all the things you aren’t allowed to have or do on Sundays.  A strict list of what can seem like...

18 Jan

Simplicity, Part 1

Simplicity.  That is my word for 2018, and I am embracing it with a vengeance. One of the reasons that simplicity is my focus this year is that I recognize within me a deep hunger and longing for it.  I am coming off a year that...

11 Jan

The Gift of Presence

I sit in my office this morning, fingers poised over the computer keyboard, awaiting words and inspiration and more words.  Because nothing is coming, at least not yet, I am suddenly aware of the loud cacophony outside my window:  horns honking, a man yelling, something...

03 Jan

God on Caller I.D.

Isn’t Caller ID one of the great inventions of contemporary life?  I absolutely love it.  Despite the fact that my home and cell phone numbers are registered with the national “Do Not Call” list, I still get an annoying number of unsolicited and unwanted calls...