Engage!

“My experience leapfrogs over any engagement I might have with culture or church that has any reformist or political connection. Sunday, we encountered God.”

Post New Normal

After I married April, I became joyfully aware I was then living in a new normal.  The phrase, new normal, can certainly be over used.  Its only appropriate when describing circumstances after a significant event that’s changed how life is.  In August, we’ll celebrate 30 years of marriage, 30 years of what we know as…

Familiarity, Not Faith?

All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” – Luke 4: 22 He came out of the wilderness of temptation victorious and arrived in his home town. Yesterday, the gospel lesson in the Daily Office in the Book of…

Preparing Minds

I awoke Friday after dreaming.  I was in a house of happy, playful people in the dream.  The environment itself was sloppy and chaotic.  I had some form of authority there, but I can’t recall the degree.  As the dream progressed, I knew I had plans on leaving and going oversees, but I didn’t want…

A Single Word

Several years ago when I was reading, again, Psalm 102 in The Message translation, I was captured surprisingly by the simplest of words. The word was, “Write.” Write this down for the next generation so people not yet born will praise God: “God looked out from his high holy place; from heaven he surveyed the…

Outcasts, Refugees & A Super Bowl

Last Sunday was the fifty-first (LI) Super Bowl.  I couldn’t watch it at home because I worked until 10 p.m.  I don’t regret that.  I like the hours, but my team lost though the victors’ QB is my favorite player to watch.  I don’t necessarily root for that team, but I appreciate how he plays. …

The World IS Changing

I read from Psalm 71 this week.  A set of verses encouraged me to believe afresh in the purpose of this blog. But I will hope continually, and will praise you yet more and more.  My mouth will tell of your righteous acts, of your deeds of salvation all day long, though their number is…

Buster, Daniel & A Dream

Last week, Buster, a former co-worker, who was escorted from the store prior to Christmas for stealing, came to me while I put out onions on the sales floor.  I heard he’d been hired by another grocery store.  He looked bright and peaceful..  He never quite reflected that when I worked with him. He said…

Take My Hand

We were both seminary students in Washington DC. One frigid night in December, we walked through a display of 50 Christmas trees each representing a state. This holiday display was set up in The Ellipse between the Washington Monument and the White House. We had only one pair of gloves between us. In order to…

Simple But Mighty Acts

This one verse of scripture captured me this week. One generation shall commend your works to another and shall declare your mighty acts.– Psalm 145: 4 As 2016 winds down, what mighty acts of God I’ve witnessed can I commend to another generation?  This blog is suppose to collect the mighty acts of God in…

When God Comes

  It was four years ago today (thank you, Facebook) I preached a sermon that was the public catalyst in me leaving a denomination.  The spiritual impetus to surrender my ordination was being unequally yoked with a denomination that had no value or respect for what I believed, taught and espoused about God.  My calling…

Inspired Afresh & Dreaming Again

I’m inspired afresh to write, to tell again about the God I love and trust. My spiritual discipline involving scripture is to read the daily lectionary in the Daily Office in the Book of Common Prayer.  This morning, I read verses from Psalm 90 I’ve prayed over my family and me for years. Let your…