Taking Up The Cross

Sermon from Sunday, February 25 Mark 8:31-38 As we mentioned last week there is a theme running through the scriptures which the Revised Common Lectionary schedules for this holy season of Lent. Once again, the common thread is revolving around the idea of covenant. This time we begin with the ancient story of Abraham. Actually, when we first meet him he... Continue Reading →

I Love You. Now Get Out.

Mark 1:9-15 Genesis 9:8-17 I know some of you have told me that you've been using the Lectionary Readings we've listed in the monthly newsletter as a part of your regular devotional time. So, if you are one of those people, you may have noticed that now that Lent has begun, the readings are all... Continue Reading →

Ashes and Guns: Facing Our Mortality

I haven't written in a while and I had decided that Lent would be the perfect opportunity to reignite my devotion to that particular spiritual discipline... Ash Wednesday seemed the perfect kicking off point. There is so much to say about the ashes of penitence and facing the reality of our mortality. But when I... Continue Reading →

An Advent Meditation

Two thousand years ago a working-class family from a rural country down were forced to make a long, arduous journey on the eve of the birth of their first child. The ruling government wanted a count of the people for the purpose of adequate taxation. So, Joseph gathers Mary up and they make the difficult... Continue Reading →

Advent Candle Lighting 2017

Advent Week One: Isaiah 64:1-9 Common English Bible (CEB) 64 If only you would tear open the heavens and come down! Mountains would quake before you 2 like fire igniting brushwood or making water boil. If you would make your name known to your enemies, the nations would tremble in your presence. 3 When you... Continue Reading →

In Defense of Prayer in Times of Tragedy

Over the past few years there has been a trend after tragedies: Politicians quickly take to social media to offer “thoughts and prayers” and others take to social media to criticize those thoughts and prayers as useless. I understand the criticism. I really do. There is something almost vulgar in the knee-jerk reaction of saying... Continue Reading →

Yeah, Me Too

I first noticed the #MeToo statuses pop up on my Facebook and Twitter feeds Monday and my fingers hovered over the “copy and paste” button for awhile before deciding against it. The stories I was hearing from friends and strangers were harrowing. Brave people sharing their worst moments and the reasons why they chose to... Continue Reading →

Scorched Earth

I had only been in Idaho a few days when I saw the lightning strike in the distance. The fire it ignited would burn tens of thousands of acres. I marveled as I drove by “the burn” and saw the earth itself scorched black. The dry desert grasses and sage brushes had been burned away,... Continue Reading →

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