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Just Checking

Spontaneity can be grossly overrated. Serendipitous moments are exciting but hardly sustaining. Sustained discipleship requires a lot of preparation and a lot of checks and balances.


Bless a baptismal font filled with water, and you have before you: the stuff you’re made of, more important than food, stronger than stone. Not just a symbol of grace but the real thing.

God, Help Me Not to Mess This Up

"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer." - Psalm 19

Your Children are Not Your Children

We who parent are a tool in the hand of the Divine, working with the wood grain of children to help them become who God intends them to be. But God alone is the Carpenter.


Do we attract folks when we use modern vernacular in the life of faith? Or is that taking the Lord’s name in vain? Are we against cursing or are we against people being damned?

Living the Risen Life

“A new kind of life” sounds pretty good to me since the old kind of life I have lived often has left a lot to be desired. Resurrection reminds me that Christ keeps working in me.

For the Sake of Love

In the midst of evil, Abraham lifted up the possibility for transformation. He pointed out that goodness was not lost. Abraham reminded God that love will win. Love will win!

Jesus the Warrior

Is God still fighting against all that diminishes, distorts, and destroys Life? Are we also combatants in that struggle for Life against Death and evil?

A Story with Absolutely No Connection to Our Own Times

An adviser to a country’s leader has an ax to grind about a certain people. He tells the leader they’re lawless and should not be tolerated. So Esther’s story goes. May we read and learn.

Not Safe for Worship

We might go to church avoiding questions about our job (laid off) or our academic prospects (failed) or our spiritual health (doubtful). But the church began among hurting people.