The Green-Eyed Monster

I have a nice blend-in alto voice that makes a pleasant contribution to our church choir. A woman I’ll call Peggy has a gorgeous soprano voice and is often asked to sing solos. We don’t really look alike, except that we have the same color and length of hair. A few weeks ago as I was coming into church an elderly gentleman who sits near the back of the sanctuary stopped me and said “I want you to know that your singing is something I look forward to every week! What a gift God has given you!” I d … [Read More...]

God Is Still Calling

Last week I had the privilege of being one of four keynote speakers for the Young Preachers Festival at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. It was co-sponsored by the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection (COR) and the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry (GBHEM) of the United Methodist Church. It was attended by 150 young United Methodists- preachers or potential preachers. 35% were high school and college students coming to explore their calling; 21% were seminary … [Read More...]

Communicating Hope In Times of Crisis

By now the world knows too well the horrible events of Thursday night, July 7, 2016. A peaceful protest of the recent deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling in St. Paul and Baton Rouge was ambushed by a young vet named Micah Johnson. He killed 4 Dallas Police Department police (Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, Lorne Ahrens) and 1 DART Police officer, Brent Thompson. He injured 11 people. Since then 3 more officers have been killed in Baton Rouge, there has been a failed … [Read More...]

Spiritual Fitness Training

Our family spent a week in Breckenridge, Colorado last summer. During the week we went on several hikes. The altitude there is almost 10,000 feet. While I had heard people complain about nausea and fatigue due to the altitude, I was pretty confident in my fitness level, given my 30-45 minute daily aerobic workouts. When our oldest daughter purchased some oxygen at an oxygen store downtown for our first hike, I remember thinking – I won’t need that! Until we had been hiking over rocks and hills fo … [Read More...]

How to Declutter Your Home

For the past few years, I have had as a goal to declutter our home.My goal is to have our home reflect our current interests. I enjoy the process of decluttering and the order it brings to the home.Decluttering means boxing up the soccer trophies to give to our adult son Matt who now lives in Boulder, CO.It means taking the homecoming … [Read More...]

Come In and Have Breakfast

I grew up in Central Pennsylvania, in a small town on the Susquehanna River near Harrisburg. Almost 20 years ago my husband and I and our three children moved to Dallas, Texas. We make several trips to Pa. every year to visit parents and extended family. On our most recent trip I caught an interview on public radio with Cooper Wingert, a local … [Read More...]

Surprise! You’re the Keynote Speaker!

I was at a banquet years ago that focused on celebrating the progress made by a consortium of ministers and churches to combat hunger in the community.I was having a delightful conversation with a pastor seated next to me, Rev. Goodson.The organizer of evening stood up and prayed over our meal and then said, “We are all looking forward to t … [Read More...]

Hold Steady!

The theme of holding steady has been in my mind and spirit lately. It seems to be everywhere I look. A few nights ago on the news there was a story about bus driver Logan Tyer in Aledo, Texas. As he was picking up his last few children on the way to school, it started to pour rain, then hail and then the bus started shaking. It was then that Tyer’s … [Read More...]

The Little Red Hen

In December I was at World Market doing some Christmas shopping. I browsed through the scarves looking for gifts for my daughters and my son’s fiancée, and through the specialty foods section looking for unusual condiment for my foodie friends. My basket full of purchases, I was in the checkout line when my eye caught the impulse buy rack. This ti … [Read More...]

Mixed Emotions

Is there any such thing as an unmixed emotion? I wish there were. It would be a lot simpler to be a human being, a lot less tangled up. Looking back over the last several months, I tried to find one. But alas, complexity is all that meets my eye. Our son and his fiancée move to Boulder, Colorado. I’m happy for them because they love the mountains an … [Read More...]

The Devil’s Hindsight: Edgy Exegesis on Luke 4:1-11, Matthew 1:12-13, Mark 1:12-13

Lectionary Reflections: Lent 1CLuke 4:1-11, Matthew 1:12-13, Mark 1:12-13References to Jesus' temptation in the desert appear in all three synoptic gospels: Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Mark makes a brief, two-verse reference to the event (Mk. 1:12-13). Mark recounts that the Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness. In Luke and Matthew, we are … [Read More...]

Confessions of a Shabbos Goy: Reflections on Friendship

I recently read a quote by the Lebanese American poet Kahlil Gibran posted by a friend from High School on Facebook. She wrote it on the occasion of saying goodbye to beloved friends whom, in her travels, she had to leave to return home."For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations, are born and shared, With … [Read More...]

Who Was Born on Your Birthday?

Knack for Noticing is Back!Dear friends and readers,For some time I wrote a weekly column for Patheos called Edgy Exegesis.Some weeks it was edgier than others! I stopped writing it a year ago, but appreciate the Facebook messages and emails I continue to get from those who find the archived entries helpful in their sermon preparation … [Read More...]

Progressive Christianity: Imagine a Future Like the Kingdom of God

This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on the Future of Faith in America: Progressive Christianity. Read other perspectives here.In 1971 John Lennon wrote "Imagine," a track on the album of the same name. The song's lyrics encourage the listener to imagine a world at peace.The impediments to a world at peace, according to the so … [Read More...]

Bacon Feta Chocolate Swirl?

We spent a week in August at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. We’ve been going there off and on as an extended family for over 30 years now. One of my favorite features of the annual beach week is the nightly family walk to the boardwalk which inevitably includes a stop at the Ice Cream Store. Located at #6 Rehoboth Avenue, next to Candy Kitchen, this d … [Read More...]

A Lifeline in the Blizzard

When a new semester starts I usually feel a bit overwhelmed at the full fall ahead. I decided I had tagged the commitments facing me this fall “Demands,” and needed to retag them as “Opportunities.”To that end I committed to a change in the way I begin my mornings. Rather than begin each day with an anxious litany of “things Alyce has to do,” I … [Read More...]