6 Things I’ve Learned at the Church Door

I was thinking the other day about what I miss most about having church in-person. There are many things to miss about not being able to gather in-person and when we do, I suspect church will look different for the foreseeable future. It struck me that I really miss church door conversations. Now, I know… Continue reading 6 Things I’ve Learned at the Church Door

We Don’t Agree…Now What?

“Go along so we can get along” How many times in your life has someone told you that? It’s never felt very good to me, when another tells me that I should conform to expectations, just so we can move along. It does not create a fulfilling life nor needed change. We  like unity. We… Continue reading We Don’t Agree…Now What?

Worthy

One of the great promises of scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, is that you belong. You are worthy. We don't tell ourselves that enough. It's something we don't tell others enough. It's something we don't proclaim in church enough. I once had a conversation with a young adult who had grown up in our church.… Continue reading Worthy

Thursday- A Difficult but Important Meal

I can’t help but wonder if the Passover meal that Jesus shares with his disciples seems odd to them. In Mark’s Gospel, it is the twelve disciples who seem to be the last to understand what is going on around them. Jesus has been trying to teach them about his upcoming death, but they don’t… Continue reading Thursday- A Difficult but Important Meal

Wednesday-Unconditional Grace

We come to Wednesday of Jesus’ Last Week. Tuesday had been a long day, filled with a lot of teaching and a lot of tension. Wednesday begins with Jesus and his disciples at a house in Bethany, the home of Simon the Leper. Bethany was not far from Jerusalem, about two miles or so. We… Continue reading Wednesday-Unconditional Grace

Tuesday-Jesus’ Final Exam

  We come to Tuesday of Jesus’ Final Week. Much of Tuesday will be spent teaching in the courtyard of the temple. Mark’s Narrative of Tuesday covers almost 3 chapters, a total of 115 verses. It is by far the longest of the days in scripture. Almost two-thirds of the time is spent in conflict… Continue reading Tuesday-Jesus’ Final Exam

Monday- Turning the Tables

As we begin the second day of Jesus’s Last Week, he has entered into Jerusalem and drawn a big crowd for his parade which proclaims that the kingdom of God, God’s way of life is here. He concluded that day by going into the Temple in Jerusalem and looking around. The temple was the holiest… Continue reading Monday- Turning the Tables

The President Who Would Not Welcome Jesus

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” These words have stood through time on the to remind us that all are welcome in the United States. We… Continue reading The President Who Would Not Welcome Jesus

Advent 4 and Christmas Eve

"Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts." Marianne Williamson The account of Jesus' birth that we hear today is the foundation of a way of life. The birth of Jesus is… Continue reading Advent 4 and Christmas Eve

Advent 3- Joy

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; 2to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort… Continue reading Advent 3- Joy