Smudge

What are those on your forehead? What are you giving up? Two questions you rarely hear asked except for one day out of the year- Ash Wednesday. A smudge on your forehead or your hand is always a good conversation starter. I love the act of mixing ashes- the oil, the ash under your fingernails, the smudges…

Kobe

Two phenomenon are on my heart today. The first is celebrity... I can't imagine being thrust on a national stage like Kobe Bryant was as an 18 year old. Would you want the world watching your 18-year old self?  He was not a perfect human being, making mistakes along the way. We all have. It's…

5 Resolutions for the Church in 2020

2020 is here and if you attended a religious community this weekend, you have perfect attendance for the year. Congratulations!  A new year brings new opportunity and a chance to reset our priorities and practices. Church folks are busy taking down the Advent and Christmas decorations and thinking about what 2020 might hold. Many are…

Five Things: Guatemala Trip

Whenever I return from any mission travels, people want to know, "How was the trip?" Even though I practice my elevator speech, it never feels quite adequate enough to fully describe the experience. Earlier this month, 10 of us from Geist Christian Church traveled to Panajachel, Guatamala to work with Porch de Salomon in building…