31 Jan

God’s Grace is Sufficient

A couple of weeks ago, a friend gave me a book by Richard Rohr entitled, Breathing Under Water, and it has become my spiritual “traveling companion” for the first part of 2020.  Especially as we approach Lent in a month, if you are looking for...

23 Jan

Receiving the Day

So, how is your year going so far?   Is it the perfectly wonderful year you imagined on New Year’s Day?   New Year’s Day.  Just three short weeks ago, yet it feels like a universe away.  Already my year has been visited by death, failure,...

16 Jan

Holding Truths in Tension

One of the truths regarding religious faith is that it is full of paradox.  At least, it is intended to be paradoxical.   I sometimes wonder whether much of the turmoil we are experiencing in our world is related to the fact that we’ve lost...

09 Jan

Winter’s Gifts: Insight, Grace & Peace

As many people did, I traveled to be with family over the recent holidays.  As is typical for us, we spent much of the week in Arkansas gathered in my mom’s kitchen, having wonderful conversations over meals and working jigsaw puzzles.  We also took long...

03 Jan

New Year, New Series: Fresh

Despite the fact that twice today I have dated a document as “December,” a new year has, in fact, begun.  I spent part of my New Year’s Day taking down the Christmas decorations and storing the paper and bows, wreaths and angels, ornaments and nutcrackers...

30 Dec

When the Song of the Angels is Stilled…

When the song of the angels is stilled, When the star in the sky is gone, When the kings and the princes are home, When the shepherds are back with their flocks, The work of Christmas begins: To find the lost, To heal the broken, To feed the hungry, To release the prisoner, To...

20 Dec

RACK: Loving Alexandria

This year is Calvary’s second annual promotion of the "RACK" campaign—Random Acts of Christmas Kindness.  As we detailed in a blog post a few weeks ago, we started "RACK" as a way to engage our children in being a good neighbor—to family, strangers, people at...

05 Dec

Advent first, then Christmas?

December 5, 2019 Advent first, then Christmas? The theological concept of Advent is largely lost on America’s secular culture.  Even among church-type folks, several denominations do not observe Advent. Like the rest of society, as soon as the turkey carcass has been tossed into the soup...

26 Nov

Digging Deeper, Counting Blessings

November 28, 2019 This week our nation pauses to celebrate our many blessings, but as with everything else about our country, no two people or families will celebrate Thanksgiving in exactly the same way.  What are your particular traditions?  Are you a stickler for dressing or...