Blessing for a New Year

It seems like standing on the edge of a new year always makes me stop for a minute to celebrate the good things in the year gone by, but I also spend a lot of time thinking hard about what’s been missing in my life.I adapted this poem of Joyce Rupp’s to post my thoughts as I stand on the edge of this New Year. May 2006 be full of all of these . . . for all of us…. Read more

There is a God and She Is Not Me

A lot of people seem to think that by this time in my life I should have figured out the whole God thing. Answers for every question, you know?This is particularly true given my profession. So I figured it might not be a bad idea for me to revisit some of the basics as we enter a brand new year. First on my list to consider: Does God really exist?Recently, a friend invited me to explore this great site on… Read more

Wishing You Peace

Wishing You PeaceThe Butlers2005(Isn’t this greeting beautiful?? To read more about the joy of creating it, click here.) Read more

The UPS Man and Me

I noticed a few nights ago while at a holiday party that, once people find out what kind of job I have the first thing they ask is how I am surviving this week. Christmas falls on a Sunday this year, as you know, making regular Christmas Clergy Stress rather intensified (and, in case you’re wondering, no, we do not cancel church for Christmas, the holiday on which we celebrate the birth of Christ).All of that was on my mind… Read more

Merr . . . uh . . . Happy Holidays

I’ll admit I am not always the most appreciative recipient of my friends’ Christmas letters. I mean, I love hearing about their lives and seeing how much their kids have grown, but it just seems like everyone has the most delightful time writing about their most wonderful year and sending it to all their dearly beloved friends. And I feel that perhaps my life (wonderfully fabulous as it is mind you) just might not be the same level of wonderful… Read more

My Life in Second Grade

If I don’t watch it my 7 year old Sammy is likely to start his own blog. Lately he has been spending a lot of time on the computer composing essays with titles like, “Quidditch” and “The Case of the Dragon”. His most recent composition is entitled “My Life in Second Grade”. Excuse me, but what kind of 7-year-old voluntarily sits down at the computer to write an essay called “My Life in Second Grade”? In the first place, I… Read more

Cold Hands, Warm Hearts

It is freezing outside today, and I am not just saying that because I grew up in Hawaii. Even though the sun is out the wind is rather cutting; it makes the 40 degrees outside seem just a little cooler than 40 degrees. Thank goodness there’s a whole lot of warmth, goodwill and charity floating around; they help with the temperature. Those and the cute purple chenille gloves my colleague John Mein gave me yesterday.This afternoon I had the good… Read more

Real Preachers Wear Stilettos

I am going to write a book someday. I’m sure of it. I’ve already assembled quite a few topics I’ve filed away, things I know I have profound thoughts about somewhere . . . if only I could find them. It was suggested to me today by a church member that I entitle my yet-to-be-written book Real Preachers Wear Stilettos. Boy does that tell you something about the sort of people who worship at Calvary (thanks for the suggestion, Kevin)!Kevin’s… Read more


Here’s a riddle for you: how do you pastor a church and remain sane?If you know the answer, please comment below. Or write a book. Soon.One of the ways I know I have managed so far has been the incredible staff members who share my workload. In a critical position at Calvary right now as we move into our newly renovated space is church administrator, Paul Rosstead.Paul came to Calvary’s staff one year ago this month and, without exception, everyone… Read more


Today was a beautiful day for a neighbor, as Mr. Rogers would sing, and Calvary Baptist Church has some of the finest neighbors around.Calvary is located in the most incredible neighborhood. The Penn Quarter/Chinatown neighborhood is undergoing revitalization and as a result the church, which has been here for all the ups and downs since, oh, about the time Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, is gaining some wonderful new residents, all of them our new neighbors.All the neighbors gathered tonight for… Read more

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