Love gets to know people

I have had a few nicknames conveyed by coaches and youth groups – Sledgehammer, Turquoise, Dr. P, Abraham Lincoln (it’s a long story about seminary Greek and a blizzard), Dr. P, P, P-Funk, Triple P and one of my favorite swim team coaches called my brother “Purdue” and me “Purdon’t”.   If you had a spiritual […]

Imagining a playful faith

When our unchurched friends think about the Bible, they often picture a compendium of  “thou-shalt-nots”, “oughts”, and flat out “nos”. Deuteronomy 16 offers an unexpected command to give ourselves over to celebration, to feasting, and to renewal. The Passover Feast rules revisits God’s weekly calendar: “on the seventh day will be a celebration for the […]

Generousity- living into Grace

The Psalmist sings:  “Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens!  Praise God, all of you who are God’s messengers! Praise God, Sun and moon, and all of you bright stars!  Praise God, You mountains, every little hill,  sing praises, you fruit trees, every cedar tree sings praise!  Praise God, you young people and […]