Roller Coaster People: Come to the Carousel

Palm Sunday has got to be my absolutely least favorite day in Holy Week. We start with a parade, like a circus, with people waving palms. We get miracles like Jesus being placed on the back of an unbroken colt and he was not bucked off. People are waving palms leaves and yelling, Hosanna, Hosanna…

Mary, Martha, Moses: Living an Analog Life in a Digital World

We seem to live in a world that makes everything a digital choice. Are you someone who works hard or plays hard? Are you a person of science or of faith? Are you a person of ideas or action? Worse, we are often tempted to apply this same kind of black and white thinking in…

Be the Hen in the Fox House

  Recently, I’ve spent some time binge watching some of my television shows that I got behind on in recent weeks. I know that it’s Lent, and I should probably have considered giving up the time I spend watching television to do something more useful. However, I confess to you, my brothers and sisters, that…

Not the End of the Story

In the more than twenty years that I’ve been in the pulpit, my mom never heard one of my sermons. She said, half jokingly, that she didn’t need her kid preaching at her. Today, though, I want to share the sermon that she told with her life… to share with you the message of hope,…

Loving God Close Up

When we are intimate with God, we become the best version of our best selves. When we take that faith into the world we help each other remember who we are and to live into that.

Come to God with Open Hands

When I was about 21 years old, I travelled to a different country on my own for the first time. I landed at the Heathrow Airport in London and hailed one of the square black cabs. The driver was an older man who had been driving a cab for many years.  He asked me a…

When We Pick Up Our Cross

Not too long ago, on a Monday morning, I logged into my work computer to find an email from my boss. It said that I was in violation of my organization’s social media policy and that I needed to remove the offending post from my LinkedIn account immediately.  The problem, the email said, was that…