As a general rule, I do not believe that one memorable sermon ever changes someone’s life. Rather it is the faithful preaching of the Word over the course of years that shapes and molds us Continue reading The Word of the Lord Endures Forever; the Preacher’s Words … Not So Much
At 1:00 when remote learning comes to an end, I can hear the children loudly bidding each other goodbye. The sound reminds me of a flock of geese preparing to take off. Continue reading Fly! Molly, Fly!
You can never comprehend your parents love, until you have children of your own. Continue reading Love on a Backyard Swing
My daughter was born two days before Christmas. Oddly the delivery room overlooked a cemetery, which seemed very inappropriate.
But the more I thought about it, the more it took on a deeper meaning. Since it was just two days before Christmas, there was an odd juxtaposition of the birth of my daughter, the birth of Jesus and the reminder of death. They were all woven together to create a beautiful cloth full of meaning. Continue reading Two Births at Christmas
The open question at the end of the book is “Will Jonah actually change?” The book doesn’t tie things up in a nice tidy bow, but leaves things hanging with a question that must be answered by both Jonah and also ourselves. God asks us, “And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?” Continue reading Under the Gourd Vine
“To be forgiven is only half the gift. The other half is that we also can forgive, restore and liberate.” Marilynne Robinson Continue reading The Gift of Forgiveness
What happens you make false assumptions that keep you from seeing the beauty around you?
I once spent a disappointed winter mistaking goldfinches at my feeder for sparrows. However, with time and patience I finally perceived their true nature. Continue reading The Goldfinch in Winter
God’s commandments have more in common with commitments than you might think. The Ten Commandments begins with a reminder of God’s love. In a sense when God commands us to love him and to love others he’s putting an invitation into our hands. He stands before us not with a lightning bolt, but with the open and pierced hands of Jesus. Continue reading Commandments and Commitments
Jesus doesn’t call us to benevolent indifference, he calls us to passionate love. Jesus died on the cross so that we might have life and have it abundantly (Jn 10:10) and Jesus expects us to pass this abundant life on to others. Continue reading “Live and Let Live?” Or “Live and Let’s Give?”
Sometimes the best thing that we can do is to let ourselves feel our tears. When we let them flow, they have a way of cleansing and healing the hurt in our hearts. Continue reading Feeling the Tears on Your Face