My Parent’s Gift

I don’t believe the same beliefs  that my mother did  but we share the same faith. I don’t fear the same devils  that my grandparents did  but we share the same hope I don’t cherish the same laws that my father did  but we share the same love  Faith advances unseen  Hope preserves  Love never […]

After the Ascension: Christian Adaptation

I want to invite you to imagine that the Bible simply ended with Jesus’ Ascension. Jesus ascends and sits down in heaven. Imagine: that forty days after Easter, the disciples gather atop Matthew’s mountain. The Risen Christ speaks “peace be with you” and  shows them the wounds in his hands and side. Jesus shares a […]

Hope envision a transformed future

Asbury Theological Seminary received a multi-million dollar donation to build a state of the art preaching center, among other directives. So in 1995, I took a preaching class inside the state of the art multi-camera studio chapel. Four camera angles was a terrifying prospect; I hope it is helping us in these days of quarantine. […]

Risen: victorious, holy and wounded

I loved church camp for memories like when we collected a bounty of unwanted cubed carrots and constructed a vegetable castle, catapulting it with field soggy peas. Or on Talent night,  when a camp staffer did not spot our middle school sacracaism and implored the entire assembly to imitate my youth groups’ very enthusiastic applause.    […]

The Risen Christ goes ahead of us

Every morning an hour before sunrise, the dawn chorus begins.  While it is dark, cardinals, doves, starlings, and wrens raise songs to the new day. Even before Mother Sun appears, she brushes the clouds with pink, yellow, violet, and blue swirls.  The heavens declare our belief in God “even when the sun is not shining.” […]

The Cross: Love is Like that

Luke 23:33-34  “When they arrived at the place called the Skull, they crucified him, along with the criminals, one on his right and the other on his left. Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.’ They drew lots as a way of dividing up his clothing.”   John 19:25-27 “Jesus’ […]

Open to God: who makes all things new

On Wednesday, Amy Cooper and Christy Perky led the choristers in a Zoom call choir practice. These elementary schoolers were planning to debut a new musical The Truth About Ruth, for the Sunday after Easter. This musical by our own Christy and Amy will be great when we can once again sing together. Amy told […]

Siblings, we can endure all things, through Christ who strengthens us.

A few weeks ago, I saw a sincere portrait of Jesus in a church classroom.  An enormous buff Jesus stood atop the entire earth. One massive foot touched down on the North Pole and descended over Canada.  Was it Easter or maybe the Second Coming? This curly headed brunette Jesus wore a dazzling white robe […]

Spiritual Tools for Difficult Seasons

Twenty years ago I ran my first and only marathon. I have managed to mention it about 10,000 times. In order to run all 26 miles you have to stay hydrated. Even elite runners break their stride enough to slurp down a gel pack and pick up a sports drink.  Around mile 14, I started […]