Rob Bell: The Word ‘Evangelical’ Has Been Hijacked and We Need to Take it Back

“I think we should take the word ‘evangelical’ back. The word’s been hijacked and it’s wrong, and we need to take it back.” That’s former megachurch pastor Rob Bell, schooling us on the real meaning of the word “evangelical” while making a passionate plea for reclaiming the word and it’s original meaning for us today. The word [Read More...]

The Power of Ritual: A Mirror for Life’s Passages

Fall sunlight streamed through stained glass, warming the faces and the souls of the people who filled the simple old white-steepled sanctuary. This past Sunday afternoon, we gathered at Soquel Congregational Church near Santa Cruz, CA, for the memorial service of our mother, Barbara Lee Deemy Burklo, who died over a month ago, peacefully, at [Read More...]

Keeping the Faith While Unable to See

When I bought eyeglasses for the first time, I suddenly and dramatically discovered the clarity I had been missing. But I also had to be careful walking down stairs as I had a hard time judging depth. I got headaches from the intensity of my newfound vision. I had to adjust to a new way [Read More...]