25 Apr

Easter is Over. (Time for Chocolate)

Whew!  Easter Sunday is over.  Every church musician, support staff, and pastor is breathing a sigh of relief this week.  Don’t get me wrong—it was awesome, jubilant, over-the-top, fabulous, joyous. Even the superlatives need superlatives to describe our Day of Resurrection festivities.  I was thrilled...

18 Apr

Opened Hearts, Embracing Resurrection

Resurrection.  New life.  Second chances.  Redemption.  A fresh start.  These are all good ways to talk about the meaning of Easter. Last Sunday, what churches call Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday, marked the beginning of Holy Week.  During this week Christians trace Jesus’ journey from his...

04 Apr

Embracing Joy & Tidying Up

Do you ever feel like you are a little (or a lot) “late to the party”?  This happens to me with some frequency, in part because I don’t watch a lot of television and I’m not very social media savvy.  The most recent occasion of...

28 Mar

Spring Training for Disciples

The first day of school.  The first daffodil poking its head through the winter-hardened earth.  The first summer peach.  I love the “firsts” that signal the start of something new—the changing seasons, the turning of the calendar, one rhythm giving way to another. Today is one...

21 Mar

Make It Count.

An airplane crashes in Ethiopia on March 10 killing all 157 people on board.  A shooter opens fire at a Muslim mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15 killing fifty.  Cyclone Idai ravages Mozambique on March 19, with 300 already reported dead, but some...

14 Mar

From What Are You Fasting?

was recently introduced to a new “app”.  It’s called “WeCroak” (wecroak.com).  It’s not about bullfrogs.  It’s about mortality and death.  It’s based on a Bhutanese folk saying that to be a happy person, you need to contemplate death five times a day.  And so, five...

05 Mar

Peter: Flawed, Forgiven, Faithful

New Lenten Series March 10 Call of a Fisherman Luke 5:1-11 March 17 Walking with Jesus in the Storm Matthew 14:22-34 March 24 Keeper of the Keys Matthew 16:13-20 March 31 Bedrock or Stumbling Block? Matthew 16:21-28 April 7 The Power of Sonship Matthew 17:1-13 April 14 Palm Sunday “I Will Not Deny You” Matthew 26:17-25, 31-35 April 21...

01 Mar

Real Love is a Verb

As I mentioned last week, I have been ill with the viral menace that has afflicted so many people in my area.  During my time “out of commission” a friend’s birthday came and went without so much as a card from me.  Valentine’s Day passed...