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 [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, [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 [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 [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 [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 [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 [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 [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 [Read More…]

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

Lectionary Reflections: Lent 1C Luke 4:1-11, Matthew 1:12-13, Mark 1:12-13 References 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 told [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, [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 [Read More…]


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