God’s Best Work

Driving through a tunnel can be fearful experience, especially one that you have never been through before. I once drove through one in the mountains, dark and never-ending. I mean never-ending. It seemed like I would never the see the light of day.  Lately, I’ve been thinking about that drive a lot lately. I came…

The Holy Spirit as Agitator

This is an approximation of the words I shared during my sermon on May 31, 2020 on Pentecost The Holy Spirit as Agitator We need an agitator in our collective lives. This has been a tragic week in our nation with the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. On a day when we celebrate the…

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…

You Are Not in Control

Teach us to count our days so that we may have a wise heart Psalm 90:12 It's hard for us to hear isn't it? You are not in control.  The control paradox tells us that the more we try to gain control, the less control we actually possess. In many ways, it is fear that causes us…

Seeing Freedom Through the Eyes of God

What is true freedom? Several images come to mind; When the Continental Congress declared the separation of the thirteen colonies from Great Britain 240 years ago, freedom along with liberty,  was foremost in the minds of our nation's founders. The idea did not originate with them, of course. In every age and across the earth, human beings have,…

Summer Reading and Listening

The Memorial Day weekend signals for many the beginning of summer. We may well find ourselves with some extra time for play, rest, and rejuvenation. This is a great time to catch up on reading and listening. Here are some books and podcasts I’ll be checking out this summer. Era of Ignition: Coming of Age…