26 Jan

God, Chocolate, and the Heart

Dear Friends,  I have been vindicated!  Imagine my delight when I randomly opened a magazine last week to discover this headline:  “57 Percent:  That’s how much less likely you are to develop heart disease if you eat chocolate 5+ times a week.”  I knew it!!  The health...

06 Jan

Transitions, Transitions

Dear Friends, Without a doubt, this is not the blog I had intended to compose to kick-start 2021.  Marcelo’s unexpected death yesterday has left a gaping hole, and it will take time for me to come to terms with it, both personally and from the perspective...

14 Dec

From the Pastor’s Desk (or Car?!)

Dear Friends, As you read this, I am likely somewhere on Interstate 81 or 40, heading down through Virginia and across Tennessee on my way to spend a couple of weeks in Arkansas with my mother.  Like so many people around the country, she has spent...

08 Dec

Grateful for Joy to the World!

Dear Friends, Joy to the world, the Lord is come!   Boy, am I grateful for this truth this year!  I mean, we say it—and sing it—every Advent, but in this most crazy of years, 2020 has led me to a deeper understanding and appreciation of just how...

01 Dec

Happy Advent!

Happy Advent, Friends! I can hardly believe it, but the calendar has turned, and it is December. Though I am still eating the last of the turkey and dressing leftovers, I have also joined throngs (translation: tens of millions!) of people doing online Christmas shopping. In...

24 Nov

God’s Lavish Love

Dear Friends, Thanksgiving week is here and for many of us, it will be quite a different holiday than in years past.  Like everything else in our lives, the novel coronavirus has upended our normal traditions and routines.  If you are feeling a sense of loss...

17 Nov

Blessings Abound

Dear Friends, Without a doubt, there are myriad ways people will describe 2020 once it is finally in our rearview mirror.  For me, it is already clear that I will remember it as a year for learning new things, and on Sunday, we will have yet...

17 Nov

Advent 2020 at Calvary

Advent is that special season in the life of the church during which we anticipate and prepare for the Incarnation.  "Incarnation" is a "fifty-cent" theological word that reminds us that God made a stunning choice to take on human flesh and "move into the neighborhood"...

10 Nov

Believing in Beginnings

Dear Friends, What a gift this unusual, unexpected, glorious weather has been.  “More like May than November” is the way one weather forecaster described it.  And while I know it won’t last, that winter is surely on the way, I’ve needed and enjoyed the respite.  I’ve...