The Valley of the Shadow of Death

Tuesday evening, my heart broke twice. First, it broke when I received the news that Pat, a beloved parishioner, had passed away.  Pat was a wonderful woman who will leave behind a legacy of riotous laughter and chaotic family gatherings. I've only known her for the past two years, and she's been battling one health... Continue Reading →

We All Need To Be Needed

Today, I was inspired by a question raised by one of my old seminary classmates, Jerry Herships. Jerry is a comedian-turned-minister and his ministry in Denver with the homeless and the unchurched has been a true inspiration to me. Today, he posed a simple request on his Facebook page. He wanted to know about our... Continue Reading →

Judas and the Suicide Quagmire

Let me begin by saying that if you are struggling with depression and/or suicidal thoughts, get up right now and get help.  Don't wait.  Don't assume you can handle it on your own.  And don't let anyone give you that "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" malarkey.  Find a therapist.  And if you are contemplating... Continue Reading →

An Open Letter to my Childhood Bully

"Jay" (that's what I'll call you)--we grew up together.  We lived in the same neighborhood.  Our mothers had also been school mates growing up in this same neighborhood together.  You would think we'd have gotten along a bit better. But for the most part we just seemed oblivious of each other.  We were often in the... Continue Reading →

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