Show Me A Risen Hope

I didn’t hear about the bombings in Sri Lanka until after our Easter service. I am the head pastor, and only person on staff in a little church on the edge of a big city. It was a really busy morning. I was ironing the banners, the brightly colored ones that replaced the dark contemplative […]

A Mystery Disease

I spent my teenage years with a mystery disease. From age thirteen to seventeen I went in and out of doctor’s offices insisting to various doctors that I generally didn’t feel good. I was tired. I was sore. I wanted to sleep all day. I was low grade nauseous a lot. I just didn’t feel […]

Faithfulness in Such a Time as This

Are you serious God? You have me right here right NOW? This month? This situation? This is the prayer I have been praying a lot lately. I am in the middle of an ordination process with a denomination that is about to have a major conference on how we are going to move forward and […]

We Are Small Enough

No one tells you while you are in seminary that you might serve a very small church. A micro-church even, a church where you don’t have to have someone count every week for attendance—you can remember who was there and who was not. On a good day there are a little less than 20 people, […]

God’s Glory

We get a lot of portrayals of Mary, the mother of Jesus. In fact, when I was in the first grade, my name was pulled out of the hat at the Wednesday Night kids program and I got to play Mary in the Christmas play. I still remember my one line: “I am Mary, I […]