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…

A Fun Job

He asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.”- Acts 9: 5-6 Recently, after a difficult work day, I drove home affirming the grace and mercy that surrounded me throughout the day…

A Last Challenge

Last week, I made a bale of cardboard at work all by myself.  I sound like a child, but there’s something parabolic about it to me. I taught two guys how to make a cardboard bale a couple weeks ago without making one alone before, but what I told them worked.  I must admit, I…

He Snitched on Jesus

Later Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you have been made well! Do not sin any more, so that nothing worse happens to you.” The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. – John 5: 14-15

Is It Time?

It is time for the Lord to act, for your law has been broken. – Psalm 119: 126 You will rise up and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to favor it; the appointed time has come. – Psalm 102: 13 I read this morning about Samson in Judges 15, Stephen giving an…

In the Huddle

Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me. – Psalm 66: 20 We live in relationship with God by virtue of his grace and mercy.  Our righteousness is grounded in what God in Christ has done for us.  Alleluia.  Our prayers are not rejected; his steadfast…

Keep Your Money

  The obvious thread of money connects two of the passages in my reading of the Daily Office passages today.  The two stories reveal two stumbling blocks for our sisters and brothers in the church.  “Ananias,” Peter asked, “why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back part…

Under Obligation

  Oops.  I read the wrong Old Testament lesson for the day from the Daily Office yesterday. Oh, how will I recover?

But Its Not What Will Be

  Sometimes due to circumstances and disappointments, what we believe to be our God-given callings and purposes grow cold and stale.  In the midst of craving fresh words and signs from God renewing our hope, we allow discouragement to color our purposes in God.  Things are not merely what they seem; in fact, what was…

With One Hand Waving Free

You have multiplied, O Lord my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you.  Were I to proclaim and tell of them, they would be more than can be counted. — Psalm 40: 5 Getting into my car after clocking out at work last night, I wanted to find…

Two Pine Trees

  O sing to the Lord a new song for he has done marvelous things.  His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him victory.  — Psalm 98: 1 I dreamed last night. I worked in a grocery store.  There were small sample portions of larger packages available.  They looked like small burritos.  They’d…