To Everything…

Did I forget to mention? He is risen!Like many pastors I know, the day after Easter is a very special day. While the week leading up to the holy day is a time for deep meditation, the day that follows is a time for deepest vegitation. This year I went above and beyond my usual post-holiday couch potato state, and went to another state entirely--Nevada. More specifically, Vegas.While there is a great deal to "Do" in Vegas (for better or worse) what my spouse and i most enjoy doing on these … [Read more...]

What’s So Good About It?

We've said it before, we'll say it again...what's possibly "Good" about this dark day? in the Christian tradition, this is the day on which we mark Jesus' suffering death. We explore stations of the cross, or hear reflections on his last words. Silence, darkness, acts of God that shake the ground beneath our feet... however we mark the day, it's difficult to find a goodness in it.I suppose I could google "Good Friday" and discover what tradition led to it's naming. Wikipedia is great for that. … [Read more...]

written in the sand

I'm still on grace today. When Jesus intervened and prevented the angry mob from stoning the adulterous mary m, something in the universe shifted. Fear and judgement no longer won by default. Another voice hung in the air that day. We don't know what it said, but we know it as a voice of mercy that meant to change us forever.What did Jesus write in the sand? As the temple officials accused him of not knowing the law, he knelt down and calmly traced some words in the earth.  They kept hammering … [Read more...]

Another Song About Grace

We love to sing the song. But do we get it? That grace could save "a wretch like me?" Truth is, most of the time, we really do not feel all that wretched. Let's face it, most days we feel pretty proud of ourselves. Because no matter what we have done, we can always say, "at least I'm not like..." followed by a host of sin and sinners that make our small offenses pale in comparison. It's a great song. Grace is amazing. But for most of us, it's an amazing song that we feel compelled to sing to … [Read more...]

Dis-what now?

Yikes. You know it's been too long since you've blogged when you can't remember your dadgum password. My profile does not remember me, either. The whole thing is moving slowly. For that matter, so am I.Discipline. What a gross word. Free association...go!  I'm betting the first words that come into your head are things like spanking, grounding, cleaning, dread, worry, fear, denial, deprivation. Punishment. Not fun, any of it. For the parent or the child, the kid or the grown-up.If you … [Read more...]

Out of the Dust

It's Katrina. It's September 11. It's the nightmare whose images fill our waking hours and make it impossible to turn off the t.v.  The world is glued to its news networks, waiting for a new word from the island ravaged by disaster.But wait. Is it a new word that we wait for? Or an old one? Are we waiting for a new story to come out of that broken place, or do we simply wait for the one we already know to unfold itself and rise out of the dust?Many would call it a sick f … [Read more...]

A Blank Page

Sometime around Christmas each year, I get a very exciting package in the mail. Its not a Christmas present from a far-away friend, its not baked goods from across town…Its my Annual Planning Guide and Calendar from the Christian Board of Publication. Now, I may not be the most organized person on the planet, and I’m not very attached to a routine; but every year when that package arrives, filled with beautiful, clean smooth blank calendar days, I am happy. I feel hopeful, uplifted, inspired, and … [Read more...]

The Old, Old Story

Every Christian preacher in the world right now faces the same challenge; race, gender, denomination and geographical location make no distinction, nor do the "liberal, conservative, mainline-progressive, evangelical" labels that usually divide us so. No, the week before Christmas, all the world's preachers do the same dance with the Holy Bible and address the same question to whatever image of God they hold dear-- how am I going to tell this story again?People of faith struggle in every seas … [Read more...]

An Air-Conditioned Arctic

Oh, the beauty of this valley in December!  Cold nights (but not freezing!) chilly mornings, mild afternoons, 50's and 60's, sunny with a crayon blue sky.  Hard to convince yourself its Christmas time, but we'll live with it.Tourists love Arizona this time of year, and its the easiest time of year to tell the locals from the visitors.  The visitors are wearing shorts and t-shirts, often even flip flops that they dug out of storage just for their trip to the desert. Residents have also been digg … [Read more...]


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