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Posts from July 2020

Listen

Sometimes I or the woman who is currently allowing me to live with her will get up in the morning, make coffee and turn on the news.  The rest of the day is spent trying to recover from this act of poor judgement.  The news is filled with pandemic, racial injustice, political divisiveness and economic turmoil.  I think…

Absolutely Nothing

Romans 8:22-39 Msg 22-25 All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full…

For the Good

Dear Brothers and Sisters, When Fred Rogers was asked what should children do when a disaster happens? He said ,”Look for the helpers.” It reminds me of great biblical verses such as, ”The light shines in the darkness and darkness did not overcome it,”  John 1:5 Or “Through all things God works for good…” Romans 8:28…

In Tough Times

This has been a difficult year in so many ways, both for many of us as individuals, and collectively as a nation.  Between the pandemic, economic distress and political conflict, we feel like we have it pretty bad.  But we aren’t the first or only people to experience tough times.  The people of Israel also felt from time…

Making a Kingdom

We pray regularly in the Lord’s Prayer, “your kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven.” Does that mean we are waiting for the kingdom to come someday far off into the future? Or, are we ready for the kingdom here and now? Jesus said the kingdom has come near (Matt 4:17 and Mark…

The Covidcoaster

This is a term that a group of friends shared with me recently.  It’s used to describe how we find ourselves feeling on a regular basis.  You know, one minute I’m counting my blessings for time at home, baking bread and catching up with old friends; the next minute lamenting normalcy in going to dinner, worshipping or…

Faith and Hope

On Sunday mornings I record the TV show CBS This Morning. I love the show. The content is relevant without being political, even when the story is of a political slant. Then after church, or Sunday afternoon, I watch it. The bonus here is you can skip the commercials.  About a week ago, the celebrity focused…

Good Trouble

Dear Brothers and Sisters, We lost two of the giants of the faith this last week,  C. T. Vivian and John Lewis. Both fought for civil rights and the freedom of all God’s people. Both Vivian and Lewis were disciples of Martin Luther King Jr. If you want to know what motivated Dr. King, read…

Appreciate

A lot of the historical people I studied in grade school like (and looked up to) like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Christopher Columbus, FDR, etc. are now being significantly tarred by the 1619 Project and this progressive cancel culture in which we find ourselves these days.  While I have considerable issues with these…

Sunday to Monday | Two Kinds of People?

What a gift to be able to “gather” via the stream! God is present in each of our sacred spaces and bringing us together spiritually. It’s not the same, but God is still speaking. We welcomed musical guests from Confluence Ministries – Jude, Rayanne and Zach and that was a treat. We considered how God’s…