Hope sees people- not as problems or positions

Have you ever seen a photograph of a beautiful Cardinal or a brilliant Blue Jay perched on a branch eating a berry- perhaps, on a Christmas card? Hang onto that tranquil image as you imagine walking to your garden. It is early in the morning but late in the berry season. You come, coffee cup […]

Your Life Matters

How are you sleeping? I will confess to waking up with a bit stress. Maybe it is eleven murders at the Pittsburgh synagogue, two African Americans murdered in Louisville, or pipe bombs sent by a right wing terrorist. I am distressed that our nation, that once held up a hopeful light over Ellis Island saying […]

Jesus- a voter guide

  Jesus’ foremost commandment is to “love your neighbor as  yourself”. ( Matthew 22:36) Jesus uses an immigrant to define “neighbor.” (Luke 10:25-37) Jesus provided free healthcare to all. (Mark 6:56, Luke 5:15, Matthew 4:23 & 9:35) Jesus warns: “You cannot serve God and wealth”  (Matthew 6:24) Jesus warns that feeding the hungry, welcoming strangers, […]

Jesus Brings A Hopeful Sign

  Walls can do great things. Walls hold in the heat during winter and hold up the roof that  keeps out the rain. Sometimes people put up walls to keep others away! Signs on those walls might read: “Keep out”, “Private”, “No Trespassing”, or “Members Only.” How do you feel when someone  tells you to […]

Finding Hope by dying to consumerism

I grew up in a different theological zip code than Belmont, as my childhood church served up occasional samples of hell-fire, with a dose of fear, and a pinch of guilt. We never canceled Wednesday children’s choir for Halloween.  Instead, we hosted alternate fall festivals, carefully never saying “Halloween.” While dating Connie some 30 years […]

You can’t be a Christian by yourself

Imagine, Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.  Christ faces the cross: the complex, entrenched, religiously motivated cumulative hatred of all humanity in one symbol act.   Will he fight, flee, or make a new pathway through love? The weight of a sinful world presses down upon him.   Who is with Jesus in the garden?  Will […]

change your life’s filter

My friend, John, is a rocket scientist; yes, literally a rocket scientist.  John has degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and is a distinguished professor the University of Tennessee Space Institute In Tullahoma, TN.  John told a version of this story to a group of high school seniors. John was working with NASA on a multi-year review […]