More Than I Bargained For: Lent

I won't lie--as Lent began I still didn't know what I would fast from throughout this season of Lent. I thought about the things I had given up in the past--anywhere from the selfishly motivated giving up of sweets (that was more of a diet disguised as a religious discipline) to the far more difficult... Continue Reading →

Sabbath

Leviticus 23:1-8 God has always called us into sacred times and structured the rhythms of our lives in such a way that we should be constantly reminded of God's presence. Jesus modeled this with his life by regularly taking time away from the crowds and the pressures of his public ministry to retreat to quiet... Continue Reading →

They Didn’t Grasp What He Was Saying

Luke 18:31-34 I often resonate with the disciples in their most obtuse moments, because I'm usually in that place myself. In today's reading, Jesus didn't mince his words. He laid out the reality of what he was facing in the very near future: humiliation, trials, betrayal, torture, beatings, crucifixion... he was blunt. But the disciples... Continue Reading →

Ashes and Ice

It's Ash Wednesday. I'm sick. I'm cold. And worship is canceled because the roads outside look pretty nasty, with the threat of getting nastier as soon as the sun goes down.  But I'm sitting in my office at the church "just in case" someone doesn't get the word and shows up. And it might just... 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 →

Heading to Jerusalem…

Well.  Here we are, again!  At the start of another Lenten season. It's Ash Wednesday, and for the past few days, I've been wondering what I would do during this season. Traditionally, Christians are asked to fast during the 40 days (not counting Sundays) between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.  It is one of the... Continue Reading →

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