Breathe: Week 2, Day 1

To the tune of finding a little wilderness this season, here's an excerpt from "National Parks: America's Best Idea." It's short but meaningful, with some stunning visuals. Also, for you sunshine-spoiled Phoenix folk who are freezing in the 50-degree mornings... THIS is what cold looks like. … [Read more...]

Camel Hair is the New Black

Advent Week 2:Bible Study and Discussion QuestionsWhy do we never see John the Baptist on a Hallmark card? Or a giant, blow-up snow globe to put in your yard? Come to think of it, we don’t even include him in our sanctuary tableau. Our songs, our greetings, our pageantry, all seems to skip straight from Isaiah to the annunciation. What it comes down to, I think, is that the wayward 2nd cousin is just not sexy. Not like the angels—I mean, they’ve had a whole holiday lingerie show modeled after t … [Read more...]

Week 1, Day 5: Antici…pation

““Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best…” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.””That word you’re after, Pooh Bear, is “anticipation.” It’s a lovely and mysterious feeling that often eludes us in an instant-print, overnight delivery, one-hour eyeglasses and buy-today-pay-later kind of world. But in this season, we tr … [Read more...]

Advent Week 1, Day 4

For your listening pleasure, an Advent song (no, really!) that encompasses all the hope, the dwindling darkness, and the anguished beauty of the season. Thanks, Emmylou."There's a Light"Really, just do yourself a favor and download the album, “Light of the Stable.” The whole thing is flat-out fabulous. Worlds better than Celine… Sometimes, it just takes a country girl.  … [Read more...]

This Little Light of Mine

Advent; Week 1, Day 3Today, right this minute, some 34 million people are living with AIDS.Wait a second...That's not very festive.December 1 is World AIDS Day.  It is a day to commemorate the loss of life; to raise awareness; to advocate for those needing treatment; and to work for a cure.  This is a cause near and dear to my heart, and to my calling as a minister. I've been involved with AIDS service organiations in Kentucky, North Carolina, Phoenix, and have even travelled with a … [Read more...]

There’s an App For That…

Advent, Week 1, Day 2No, not a Droid thing. But a practical application for the theme of "waiting" this week.Know what I find most difficult about the holiday season? (People whining about it? Well, yes. Unless I'm the one whining. Then it's ok).  What bugs me most is how long it takes to run a simple errand. I try to simplify my life as much as possible in December. I shop online so I don't have to run from store to store; i cook at home more and eat out less; i say "no" to some things; but … [Read more...]

Advent Reflection: Week 1, Day 1

A Waiting Hymn  (tune: Greensleeves)Show us the way to Bethlehm, O Prophet you have spoken.You listened in the darkest night, God's silence now is broken.       ChorusShow us the way to Bethlehem, God's chosen mother, Mary.With you we wait with joy to see the miracle you carry.      ChorusShow us the way to Bethlehem, you Shepherds in your wonder.Your star, a sign that joy has come, and evil lies asunder.      ChorusShow us the way to Bethlehem, all you who kno … [Read more...]

And So We Wait…

Advent 1--Bible Study and Questions for ReflectionWeek IShout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Announce to my people their rebellion, to the house of Jacob their sins. 2Yet day after day they seek me and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that practiced righteousness and did not forsake the ordinance of their God; they ask of me righteous judgments, they delight to draw near to God.3“Why do we fast, but you do not see? Why humble ourselves, but … [Read more...]

A Wait-less Wonder

Dear Friends,For Advent this year, I'm writing a group study and daily devotional resource for use at Foothills Christian Church. If you'd like to engage in this journey with us, i'll post the weekly materials here...For each week of advent, there will be a Bible Study component, 5 daily devotions, and a practical application. Attached is the introduction/prologue. I'd appreciate feedback along the way, and would love to hear stories if you use this in your communities of faith. BLessings! … [Read more...]


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