In a dry and weary land

Water is the first thing the waiter brings to our table. We are made of water. Our cells are filled with water.  Without water we dehydrate and die. “O God, my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is […]

Knowledge puff up- Love builds up

We all love to be heard. James counsels, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slower still to grow angry.” (1:19) Could our love be best measured by how well we listen? In addressing a Corinthian controversy, that is now largely a non-issue, Paul counsels, “Now concerning XY&Z, we all have ‘knowledge’. […]

Off the map- navigating an unseen land

On our way to the Grand Canyon, we camped one night at Bryce Canyon National Park. We took shorter hikes to scenic overlooks, saving our energy for our upcoming hike to the bottom the Grand Canyon. We had additional tents, but found it easier for all five us to sleep in a poorly named 5-person […]

Pastoral Letter to Belmonters

Dear Belmonters Right now our hearts range from breaking to furious. We lament in uncertainty. No matter our emotional state or the unfolding information, Belmont UMC’s resolve is fixed. We must be who God has called us to be as reflected in our welcome statement. No matter Belmont’s path, we must bear witness to the […]

Clarifying our core identity

Lord, in this season of Lent. Your Spirit Leads us into the wilderness. Lord, perhaps nothing is more counter-cultural than Lent.  40 days. 40 days of ashes, fasting, sacrifice, repenting, realigning, testing, temptation, wilderness, word, worship… Foot washing, Not this cup, breaking the bread,  anguished praying, self denying, cross bearing. Lent speaks the unfamiliar language […]

The Good News is in a Minority Report

It was  a sad walk… seven miles from the Holy City.  It seemed like it was finished. The disciples scattered to the wind. When the reporter asked, “what happened?”,  I stumbled for my words, stood still, and looked sad. Grief steals our best words.  What happened? Well, Methodist delegates from 136 nations gathered with two […]

“What about them?”

John as, Sacred Storyteller, loves images and invites us to ponder word pictures and parables.   In John 21, Jesus cooks breakfast. I love this image: Jesus cooking breakfast. As the sea laps against the shoreline in the pre-dawn light and  the disciples’ voices drift over the water, Jesus comes as a cook. He builds […]