Reading Time: < 1 minute I struggle with what to say at this moment. People do not talk with one another. We seem to all choose sides and try to win. For instance, after the … Continue reading Saying Something Helpful
Reading Time: 2 minutes Each day the news seems to bring new types of turmoil. Wildfires, hurricanes, and violence reoccur in the news cycle with overwhelming frequency. Instead of addressing an issue, conversations become … Continue reading Finding Grace in Turmoil
Reading Time: 3 minutes Some years ago, I was trying to fix my bike and realized that accessing the gears required a special tool—a gear cassette lockring tool. I didn’t have one and my … Continue reading Practicing Patience
Reading Time: 7 minutes When the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the returned exiles were building a temple to the Lord, the God of Israel, they approached Zerubbabel and the heads of … Continue reading Opposition to do What’s Right (Or What We Think is Right)
Reading Time: 2 minutes In Luke 10:25-37, Jesus has a conversation with someone who wants to know how to be in eternal communion with God. The person uses different language to frame the question. … Continue reading How can we ‘love our neighbors’?
Reading Time: 6 minutes In 2004, we were living on our boat in Puerto Rico but were in the process moving to Florida. Melanie was expecting our second child and my task was to … Continue reading What does it mean to go home again?
Reading Time: 2 minutes In Matthew 18:15-20, Jesus talks about approaching someone who did something to separate that person from God—commonly known as sinning. Usually, we think about sin as an act between a … Continue reading Love in the name of Christ
Reading Time: 3 minutes While we are trying to figure out how to have church and wondering what schools will do, other major news stories can fail to grab our attention. Last week, the … Continue reading Has the climate crisis fallen off our radar during this pandemic?
Reading Time: 2 minutes Interruptions are a part of life. I’ve been talking with someone when they suddenly say, “Oh. Something just came up. I need to go.” Or, I have been the interrupter. … Continue reading How do we handle interruptions?
Reading Time: 5 minutes Jesus’ glory is all around us. It’s active in other people.
Reading Time: 2 minutes I wonder what questions we should be asking. Asking the right question can lead us to the right answers. Recently, I was working on an electrical diagram for my sailboat … Continue reading What is the most important question today?
Reading Time: 2 minutes “If you build it, he will come.” The famous line from Field of Dreams (1989) served as a prescient foreshadow of one issue with building a pocket park at my … Continue reading What do you say to the homeless man sleeping on the church bench?
Reading Time: 2 minutes “Consider the lilies. They grow even though they don’t toil” (Matthew 6:28). Many people work very hard. Working hard is good. It is gratifying. Once, I was moving some boxes … Continue reading A Faith that Speaks to Today