What do you think it means to be “holy”? In this day and age, when so many folks in our popular culture compete for attention in the media, when loud and fast and explosive are considered values somehow, the word holy may seem outdated, old-fashioned, unreachable. If you look up the definition of holy, you’ll […]Read more "To an Unknown God"
One evening last week I had the television on while I was doing something on the computer, and the British drama Grantchester was on in the background. The show is about an Anglican clergyman in Grantchester, England, who finds himself swept into all sorts of mysteries and mayhem. I watched it years ago in the […]Read more "Just Wondering"
Good morning, Friends. Our message this morning could also be called, “How I Spent My Summer Vacation.” I mentioned to a friend last week that I was hoping I would have a week of “prayerful gardening.” And it turned out to be that and more. I’ve been feeling peaceful and quiet internally, which means I […]Read more "The Quiet of Home"
When I was in first grade, I was invited to go fishing with my friend Michelle and her parents. As a city kid growing up in a neighborhood of mostly asphalt and concrete, I was thrilled when my mom said yes and we made our way an hour and a half south to their favorite […]Read more "A Fish of a Different Color"
Don’t you find it fascinating that all the peonies blossomed on Memorial Day weekend? Not just the peonies in my yard, not just some peonies, but literally all the peony bushes I saw from Shelby to Hancock to Marion to Hamilton counties, bursting out in giant blossoms of pink, white, and red. Doesn’t it make […]Read more "Many and One"
Last Sunday before worship, a group of us were continuing our study of the book of Matthew. And I have to admit, I can’t believe how long it is taking us to get through this one book of the bible. I think we started just after the first of the year—in 2018!—and we have been […]Read more "Life as Parable"
What is your best Christmas memory? Does it involve getting a present you really, really wanted, like the Red Ryder BB Gun Ralphie wants so much in the movie, A Christmas Story? Maybe it was something Santa brought that totally surprised you but turned out to be the greatest present ever. Or perhaps it’s a […]Read more "A Child’s Hope"
Once upon a time there was an elderly priest named Zechariah. He had been serving God faithfully for a long time. He was a priest in the temple, a direct descendant in the lineage of Aaron, Moses’ brother, and Luke tells us that he was a good and righteous man who fulfilled his role faithfully, […]Read more "A Peace of Our Minds"
Once in a while, if you’re lucky—and careful, and discerning—you can find something really inspiring on social media. For me this week it was a mesmerizing video of soap bubbles freezing in real time in St. Paul, Minnesota. Now before you start thinking I must have too much time on my hands, which I don’t, […]Read more "Tiny Miracles"
Happy Father’s Day to you if you are a father, have had a father, or have loved someone who is a father! I read some interesting research this week that showed that being a dad makes men happier and more satisfied with their lives—and apparently most dads would choose time with their kids over […]Read more "Prodigals All"