Reading Time: 3 minutes The phrase, “These are strange days,” is getting high mileage right now. As I talk with people, I hear similar stories. Some share the creative ways they are dealing with … Continue reading A Strange Holy Week
Reading Time: 6 minutes What kind of king do we celebrate? Are we ready for God? The crowds have gathered to shout, “Hosanna!” They will change their minds. By Friday, some of the same … Continue reading What kind of king do we need right now?
Reading Time: 3 minutes Wherever people gather, evil follows. This is not some outside force. This is not a cartoonish devil or demon trying dissuade people from following their purest desires. We bring evil … Continue reading Zoombombing: Darkness, Fear, & Light During a Pandemic
Reading Time: 5 minutes “In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the exiles by the Chebar, the heavens were opened, and I … Continue reading Hope for Hopelessness
Reading Time: 3 minutes The church is a family. It is the embodiment of God’s work in the world. The church is not an institution, like any other nonprofit or charity. People come together … Continue reading Maintaining Connections in a Time of COVID-19
Reading Time: 6 minutes Binoculars help people see things more clearly. When I sail, binoculars are an essential tool for navigation. When out on the water, I can see marker buoys from a great … Continue reading Seeing as God Sees
Reading Time: < 1 minute Wendell Berry writes in his poem “The Peace of Wild Things” When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in … Continue reading The Peace of Wild Things
Reading Time: 3 minutes The onslaught of news about COVID-19 is accelerating. FOMO (fear-of-missing-out) challenges any attempts to create social distancing between me and the news. I turn off the news and a few … Continue reading “Be still, & know that I am God!” A Coronavirus Reflection
Reading Time: 2 minutes In my church, our Lenten theme is “Reminders of Faith.” We are looking at every day items that remind us of our faith journeys. What reminds you of your faith? … Continue reading Little Reminders of Faith
Reading Time: 6 minutes How do you hear the gospel? Do you hear like Nicodemus hears? What is the filter through which we experience God? None of us can attain a true tabula rasa. … Continue reading How do you hear the gospel?
Reading Time: 2 minutes Do not be afraid. Do something. How many times does the Bible say, “Fear not”? Isaiah 41.10, “Do not be afraid, for I am with you…” Genesis 15.1, “Do not … Continue reading Should We Fear COVID-19?
Reading Time: 3 minutes “From dust you have come. To dust you will return.” During our Ash Wednesday worship service, I repeated that phrase one hundred times. Each time, I drew a little cross … Continue reading Ash Wednesday Reflection
Reading Time: 3 minutes The French philosopher Rémi Brague argues that “atheism has failed, hence it is doomed to disappear in the long run” (Curing Mad Truths, University of Notre Dame Press, 2019, chapter … Continue reading Rémi Brague & the Failure of Atheism