Thought for the Day: June 30, 2014

I am on vacation for two weeks, but here is a brief thought for today, from Quaker teacher Thomas Kelly: Over the margins of life comes a whisper, a faint call, a premonition of richer living which we know we are passing by. We have hints that there is a way of life vastly richer [Read More…]

What Fear Can Teach Us

Many of those we regard as heroes are simply women and men who forced themselves to do something in spite of their fear, only to discover that the very thing they feared held a gift. Clement Moore was a professor of Oriental and Greek literature at Columbia University for 29 years. He traveled in elite [Read More…]

Evil and Healing

Snakes made an appearance in my devotion yesterday and in my sermon last Sunday. Snakes represent evil and can get you into trouble by talking you into doing something you might not otherwise have done. Perhaps that is true. In John chapter 3, where we find that familiar passage about God so loving the world, [Read More…]


Ophidiaphobia, the fear of snakes, is one of the more common fears in our society. I’m not really afraid of snakes when I see them, but I hate for them to sneak up on me. One day I was at home in the parsonage of a church in South Georgia, sitting on the sofa reading. [Read More…]

Like Magic

Yesterday I talked about our friends who opened a folk art gallery called “Roots Up” in Savannah. As I talked to one of them about what seemed to me to be a sudden decision, she described how it all came together so quickly and seamlessly. She said, “It was almost magical.” I smiled because she [Read More…]

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We have the power to transform the world around us! [Read more…]


This Sunday the Virginia-Highland Church is having a Vision Summit. It is part of our process of discerning what God’s dreams are for our congregation. During Lent, we talked about this in small groups and on Sunday mornings. Now we will embark on the next phase as we try to discern who God wants us [Read More…]

Get Up and Make a Difference

What are you going to be when you grow up? Does it frustrate the living daylights out of you that you are still asking that question, or is it only me? I have nothing to complain about. My life has been, and is, rich and full. Still, I am restless. I’ve worked for lesbian, gay, [Read More…]

Navigation by the Stars

Businesses once were disparaged if they didn’t have 5, 10, and 25 year strategic plans. Churches, too, were expected to map out the course of their future. The Cathedral of St. John the Divine once had a committee working on the year 3,000. Now, when was the last time a single day went the way [Read More…]

Higher Standards

Max Lucado, in his book In the Grip of Grace, tells the story of a man who had been a closet slob most of his life. He just couldn’t comprehend the logic of neatness. Why make up a bed if you’re going to sleep in it again tonight? Why put the lid on the toothpaste [Read More…]