The gap between willing and doing is universal. It not only affects us as individuals. It has damaging consequences on a society.
An Ash Wednesday Valentine Card might read something like, “Roses are red, violets are blue, from the dust you have come and to dust you shall return.” For the first time since 1945 Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day. The day we solemnly reflect on our mortality by getting a cross-shaped ash smeared onto our … Continue reading An Ash Wednesday Valentine Kind Of Day →
You can stay home and still be lost. You don’t have to squander love on wild living to create distance between those who love you. You don’t have to get locked up to live your life behind bars. Jealousy can do it. Pride can do it. Anger can do it. Fear can do it. Bitter … Continue reading The Tale of Two Brothers, Part II →
“This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them” (Luke 15: 2). This is how it started. This is what motivated Jesus to tell three stories about lost things, lost animals, and lost people. The religious elite criticizing his eating habits, questioning his motives, and interrogating him on his mission. Three stories to demonstrate his purpose. … Continue reading A Tale of Two Brothers: Part I →
The holidays are great. They are full of excitement, family and festivities. But when it’s over I am ready to get back to normal. I want the house back to its pre-Christmas décor and the new toys put up. Children jacked-up on chocolate running through the house flying Star Wars Galactic gliders is enough to … Continue reading In the Beginning God →
Unless you know the names Captain Kangaroo and Mister Rogers, the story I am about to tell may seem irrelevant. But imagine if SpongeBob SquarePants and Gumball where in a show together or if Dora the Explorer teamed up with Paw Patrol. A young boy was a big fan of Captain Kangaroo and Mister Rogers. … Continue reading The Wonder Of Christmas (Christmas Eve Sermon 2017) →
We don’t live in a snow globe.
Dear Friend, In these times, we need leaders (in and outside the church) to move beyond the talk of being non-racist to actively challenging a society to be anti-racist. We need truth spoken in tough love. We want to believe that we live in a “color-blind” world and that racial bias has been overcome. It … Continue reading A Letter in Response to Charlottesville →
On November 28, 1951, Corporal John Eldon Grady Anderson was drafted by the United States military. As the youngest of five children, his mother was insistent that he stay behind. It was just decade before that his mother had become a widow and the extra hands were of necessity on the family farm. Out of … Continue reading A Memorial Day “Thank You” →
It was too difficult for some. The commitment was too high. The weight too much to bear. “Many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. So Jesus asked the twelve, ‘Do you also wish to go away?’” (John 6:66, 67). Peter speaks up. He acknowledges that there are some things … Continue reading A Word to 2017 Graduates →