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An Infectious Church

The coronavirus pandemic is something we, as a church, are taking seriously.  We’re doing little things (like changing the way we do communion in several of our services) to limit people’s exposure to germs.  We’re also prepared in other ways should the coronavirus come to town.  However, our mission “to be and share the Good…

Jubilee Continues!

I began my sabbatical on January 1st and merged back into church life last week on Ash Wednesday.  In 33 years of ordained ministry, it was the first time I’d ever been away from pastoral ministry for more than two weeks at a time.  It took a leap of faith – but has already bore…

Jubilee Update

About 7 years ago, we began making plans for a church-wide Sabbath and also for my own pastoral sabbatical.  We are now nearing the halfway point of our Jubilee year and beginning January 1st, I will begin a two-month sabbatical.  During this time, I will pursue a Biblical study project (involving comic book artists and…

Unmistakable Love

This coming Sunday, we will celebrate the love that came down at Christmas.  Someone rewrote the love chapter (1 Cor. 13) as a reminder of what Christmas is really all about:             “If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows and strands of twinkling lights, but do not show love to my family, I’m…

A Christmas Prayer

The Christmas season can be difficult for lots of reasons. For those who are struggling, I share “A Christmas Prayer,” by Dorothy Hsu: “It’s Christmas, Lord, the Season to be jolly and all that.  But some of us are not so jolly.  It’s time for families to be together, time to sing ‘I’ll be home…

Sisters…

Sisters are the best! This past weekend I traveled back “home” for my niece’s bridal shower.            Prior to going south my sister Julie, aka “Jules”, invited me to stay with her if I was planning to stay the night. My original plan was to make the trip in one day, but who can turn…

Sweeping Through the Day

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching – a time when we turn again to the One from whom “all our blessings flow.”  More than any other holiday, thanksgiving asks us to look inward, because real gratitude is not dependent on our circumstances, but on our attitude.  My favorite Thanksgiving reading comes from the poet Henry Ward Beecher,…

Defiled

A few years ago, I discovered I’m sensitive to shellfish. Not allergic, as in hives and wheezing. Instead, I get violently ill. I remember the night well. Because of a few incidents I’d had with shrimp in the past I suspected I might have an issue. But when that big, delicious lobster was put in…

Crazy Brave

Last month, I had the honor to join the 5th-8th grade youth groups at the Grand Theater to hear Former American Idol contestant, Dave Pitmann in concert. Dave wrote the song Crazy Brave after he went to audition for season 9 of American Idol. He shares that we have a purpose to step out of…