Fire, Ashes, and the mythical Phoenix describe our Lent Journey and the Resurrection.
Vulnerable Authenticity stripping away our public piety and presumed righteousness.... because we are ash and to ash we shall return.
Confession: Lent is my favorite season. It is not because I enjoy suffering or even sober events. It is, however, because it is honest and authentic. We are beautifully flawed and broken people, who live among beautifully flawed and broken people in a beautifully flawed and broken creation. Our flaws, our brokenness, and those of… Continue reading Why Lent
“Since that day God has been at work toward the meaning of the creation… The kingdom of God, the kingdom of heaven, stands for a mended creation with people and things – a social, economic, ecological reality. Thus, Jesus’ miracles were not primarily signs of his power but acts of mending the creation, pushing back… Continue reading Lenten Meditation: the Word Sustains & Shapes
In preparation for Sundays, there are weeks when I struggle to find a message to preach and then other weeks it is difficult to discern the message because there is a wealth of material and possible directions. This week, I could have easily prepared multiple sermon messages on each of our scriptures. But, there is… Continue reading New Healing
“This life, therefore, is not godliness but the process of becoming godly, not health but getting well, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are on the way. The process is not yet finished, but it is actively going on. This is not the… Continue reading Lent Meditation: the Word Commands
YouTube Our scripture this morning is different than those we often encounter about Jesus and his ministry, perhaps that is why I love this passage. It portrays another side of Jesus that we do not often have the chance to explore. We, as humans, enjoy and seek comfort in our lives. Comfort can be achieved… Continue reading New Standard
“For in truth we are not called once only, but many times; all through our life Christ is calling us. He called us first in Baptism; but afterwards also; whether we obey His voice or not, He graciously calls us still. If we fall from our Baptism, He calls us to repent; if we are… Continue reading Lent Meditation: The WORD Calls
There are a couple themes during this season of Lent. Although Lent is a solemn time, I embrace it as a time of renewal and new life. In fact I begun it with New, but NOT Charmed, Life preaching about our new life which is not free from temptation, sin, and suffering. The "new" theme… Continue reading New Name, New Identity
Despite the debates between science and the church, it is difficult to imagine that God was not and is not active in creation.