If They Are In, Am I Out?

It is “Eastertide” right now in the church calendar. Turns out Easter is not just a one day thing. And in Eastertide this year, my church is thinking about what people do after the resurrection of Jesus. Christ died and was risen, and they knew Christ would come again, but what in the world do […]

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, […]