29 Aug

The Hard Work of Love

August 29, 2019 Hardly a week goes by that I don’t hear someone bemoan the state of affairs in our public discourse.  From family, friends, neighbors, and parishioners alike I hear laments of the incivility, the lack of respect, the name calling, the polarization coming from...

23 Aug

Embracing God’s Invitation

Within the past month, two stories have appeared in the newspaper that put the randomness of life on vivid display.  In one instance, the randomness was tragic; in the other, inspirational. The two events both occurred on beaches, but the beaches were over 5000 miles apart. ...

15 Aug

Hopeful Waiting

This summer I have been preaching through the Minor Prophets.  There are twelve of these Old Testament books, and they are called “minor” not because of their relative importance, but because of their length.  I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and I’ve learned a lot. ...

13 Aug

Fall Worship Series: Walking Wet

Fall Worship Schedule 2019 “Walking Wet” series Coming this Fall:  "Walking Wet".  Water plays a central role in the stories of scripture, from the chaotic waters of creation, to the River of Life in Revelation, where chaos is no more.  Sometimes there is too much water (think Noah);...

08 Aug

Church, Do Not Despair!

Much has been made of the decline of the Church, particularly mainline churches, over the past several decades.   Dropping attendance, inability to maintain buildings and property, loss of influence in the public sphere, the emergence of the “spiritual but not religious”—take your pick, there...

01 Aug

Staying in My Lane

Last week I wrote about the phrase “a new normal” and how it has unceremoniously (and without invitation) dumped itself into my life.  This week I want to continue my “phraseology” theme by considering what it means to “stay in my own lane.” We all know...

25 Jul

A New Normal

A“new normal.”  Are you familiar with that phrase?  I seem to have become intimately acquainted with it in recent months, far more than I would have preferred. The lab report comes back positive.  Big new words are spoken, a diagnosis received, shock absorbed.  There was life...

19 Jul

God’s Presence, Grace Unleashed

One of the truisms of life is that to achieve anything of significance, consistency is required over a long period of time. To be in good shape physically, we have to maintain a regular exercise regimen and make healthy food choices not just for one...

12 Jul

Jonah: Digging in our Heels

Water is an integral part of summer.  Kids splashing in the neighborhood pool; fishing and boating; slip-n-slides and water parks; beach vacations; “noodles” and boogie boards; jet skis and water skis; watering parched plants and parched bodies.  As both necessity and pleasure, water is a...