14 Apr

Life is Full of Miracles

Someday I really should write a book detailing some of the remarkable experiences that happen to me as a pastor. Part of it, of course, is perspective. It has been said that we can either live as if nothing in life is a miracle or...

07 Apr

Be the Kingdom Sunday in Pictures

We had such an amazing day last week and these photos really do tell the story.  Our projects included: Garden project at the elementary school next door Nursing home visit and singalong Making sandwiches for the homeless Packing hygiene kits for Presbyterian Disaster Relief Stuffing "Mended Heart" pillows for heart surgery patients Trash...

31 Mar

Be the Kingdom Sunday

We had a glorious Easter Sunday service at Calvary, as I hope you did wherever you are. This Sunday we are putting into practice what we proclaimed on Easter: we are being resurrection people by serving our neighbors in very concrete and practical ways. We...

24 Mar

Easter Prayer

Friends, A couple of years ago one of my colleagues shared a prayer with me that I have now read and re-read dozens of times. While it is a prayer specifically on behalf of pastors, I think it offers something for everyone as we celebrate Easter...

17 Mar

Holy Week

Holy Week commences in just three days with the observance of Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday marks the day Jesus arrived in Jerusalem to begin the annual Jewish festival of Passover. It was to be his last Passover, of course. He entered the Royal City to...

10 Mar

A Right Heart Evokes Right Actions

Friends, I need to make a confession. The Beatitudes are kicking my butt. There, I’ve said it. I knew it wasn’t going to be a walk in the park. Jesus has this irritating, nasty habit of ripping to shreds all the masks I so carefully construct,...

03 Mar

What Does it Mean to be Happy?

I have no discernible athletic ability. I go to the gym most mornings and suffer through enough cardio to keep reasonably healthy. For many moons I kept waiting and hoping I’d begin to enjoy working out, like some of my gym mates seem to do....

25 Feb

Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

In his book Everything Belongs, Franciscan priest Richard Rohr opens with a short reflection he calls “Inherent Unmarketability.”   Here’s what he says: How do you make attractive that which is not? How do you sell emptiness, vulnerability, and nonsuccess? How do you talk descent when everything is about...

18 Feb

The Kingdom of God

In the gospels, Jesus speaks of the “kingdom of God” or “kingdom of heaven” more than 100 times. In fact, the Gospel of Matthew tells us that Jesus launched his ministry with the words, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” The kingdom...

11 Feb

Your Lenten Journey

Lent is a season during which I find that having a “traveling companion” is very helpful. To that end, I am pleased to offer some book recommendations. Two that I have used in previous years and that are designed as day-by-day readings are Wondrous Encounters...