Month: February 2018

God’s Promise of New Life

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 What’s in a name? Companies will spend millions of dollars in research and product testing to determine what names will get the best reaction and eventually make them the most money. Now, we don’t do that when we are choosing the…

God’s Promise of Commitment

Genesis 9:8-17 I had the opportunity while being a counselor for the Summer Sampler program at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, to explore and hear stories about The Ark and how it had changed the lives of many young people where it was located. The Ark…

Create in Me a Clean Heart

February 14, 2018 Ash Wednesday Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. These words from Psalm 51 this evening should sound familiar. It is one of the songs we quite often use for…

To What are We Listening?

February 11, 2018 Mark 9:2-9 Who remembers playing telephone when you were younger? Perhaps, you weren’t that young when you played it the last time. I have participated in playing telephone during leadership retreats. I have had the confirmation students play it before. It…

A Review: A Course in Christian Mysticism by Thomas Merton, edited by Jon M. Sweeney

Thanks to Englewood Book Review for the advance copy and publishing this review. If you have never had the pleasure of visiting Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky, I would recommend you take the time to do so. My visit to Gethsemani several years ago was…

Called to Serve

February 4, 2018 Mark 1:29-39 Preparing a meal for over 100 people weekly can be a challenge. That challenge is multiplied when your ingredients are dependent upon what the local food warehouse receives for the week. Imagine getting, 10 lbs of leeks. Ever tried…

A Review: Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson

I am honestly not sure where to start, therefore this will probably become more of a recommendation than it is a review. Dyson uses the format of a worship service to present a flowing oratory on the current state of race relations in America…