September 19, 2021 Mark 9:30-37 Sibling rivalry. It happens in nearly every family. It could be over schoolwork, athletics, or even trees. Yes, trees. A couple of years ago on The Moth, a story telling podcast which I would recommend to anyone, Annie Share shared her story of the gumdrop tree. She had the typical… Continue reading Jesus Levels the Playing Field
September 5, 2021 Mark 7:24-37 Being human can be a challenge. Many times, we are ruled by our emotions and many times this is good, however, sometimes we let our emotions get the better of us. One of those emotions which can run rampant is anger. Now, there is a difference from righteous anger, such… Continue reading Even Jesus can Learn!
August 29, 2021 Mark 7:1-8, 14-23 An argument about handwashing! How fitting for where we are today. Not too many argue about the benefits of washing hands. However, we have seen plenty of protests in favor and against vaccines and/or mask wearing. It is amazing to hear some of the things that have come out… Continue reading Washing in our Brokenness
August 22, 2021 John 6:56-69 We all do things that could have been perceived as foolish when we were younger. Perhaps we may still do foolish things on occasion. I know I can look at my children and the foolish things they have done, but it also reminds me of those things I have done.… Continue reading Who Would Walk away From Jesus?
August 15, 2021 John 6:51-58 Earlier this year I was asked to preside over the funeral of a dear family friend. One who had known me from the time I was born. In reality, she was part of the reason I was born because my parents met each other through their mutual friendship with her… Continue reading Abiding in Jesus
August 8, 2021 John 6:35, 41-51 Have you ever been caught up in daydreams? Daydreams lead us from what is, to something that could be. This can be dangerous at times when paying attention is essential; like in your car. However, daydreams may also lead to new insights and inspiration. I first met Walter Mitty… Continue reading Draw Me In!
If nothing else, this past year has taught us the importance of social media and the ability to stay connected. It has been a valuable resource for faith communities attempting to reach out their parishioners in a time where social distancing and isolation have been more prevalent. We have also witnessed the toxicity of social… Continue reading Book Review: Posting Peace by Douglas Bursch
July 25, 2021 John 6:1-21 The possibility of going into space has captivated humanity for decades, if not centuries. Only 600 people or so have had the opportunity and it leaves the rest of us with questions. What does it look like to view the earth sixty+ miles above the planet we call home? What… Continue reading Nourishment for the soul
July 18, 2021 Matthew 6:30-34, 53-56 Apathy is something we could all easily excel. These past 16 months have taught us how to be apathetic. It is easy to become overwhelmed and numbed by the events surrounding the pandemic and the world in general. Therefore, it is easy to find a nice, secluded place and… Continue reading Compassion loves
There is no secret that there is a great divide in our society. It is a divide which has been present for decades if not centuries. It is a divide that has been made more apparent in the past administration which took residence in the White House. It appears there is no hope in bi-partisan… Continue reading Book Review: How to Heal Our Divides