26 Sep

The Change of Spiritual Seasons

While Pastor Michelle is away on a much-deserved study break, we are reposting some of the "best of" her amazing writings. Not infrequently in my faith journey, I find that I am in need of a “traveling companion.”  A couple of weeks ago I began reading...

19 Sep

Longing: A Deeper Thirst

O God, I want so to belong; teach me to accept. I want to be close; teach me to reach out. I want a place where I am welcome; teach me to open my arms. I want mercy; teach me to forgive. I want beauty; teach me honesty. I want peace; show me the eye of...

11 Sep

911: Before and After

September 11, 2019 Blog Post 9/11.  Where were you the morning of September 11, 2001?  For many of us, there are memories and images from that day that are forever seared into our psyches.  There have been other such national events:  the bombing of Pearl Harbor,...

05 Sep

God’s Presence in the Chaos

As I write this blog, Hurricane Dorian is off the coast of the southeastern United States battering the coastline with 120-mile an hour winds and dumping torrential amounts of rainfall.  The pictures coming out of the Bahamas, where Dorian struck earlier this week as a...

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...