All posts by gailjohnsen


A Time for Courage

“As it turns out, Advent is a time for courage. Beyond gentle images of beautiful angels, lowing cattle, and an expectant mother, we are called to be aware of the darkness in us and around us. We are encouraged not to run from these realities by hiding our heads in the sand, but to be ...


Today..The Big Reveal

Today at Faith, as part of our celebration of Christ’s coming, we are participating in The Big Reveal. It’s a culmination of The Big Give and The Big Go…where we, like Jesus went outside the walls that have separated us from those whom he loves and we gave. We gave of our finances, our time, ...


Waiting in the Midst of Our Fears

“Waiting is not a very popular attitude.  Waiting is not something that people think about with great sympathy.  In fact, most people consider waiting a waste of time.  Perhaps this is because the culture in which we live is basically saying, “Get going! Do something! Show you are able to make a difference! Don’t just ...



Everyone’s done it.  Few are willing to admit it.  Yet, we might as well come clean.  At some point or another we’ve all…re-gifted.  For whatever reason, it became more expedient to “pass on” a gift given to us.  There’s no shame in that.  In fact, it’s Biblical! The fact is, all of life is a ...


Two Names

Did you realize when God sent His son, Jesus to come to this earth, He gave him TWO names?  One was…Jesus, which means “Savior” (Matt. 1:21).  The other was Immanuel, which means “God with us” (Matt. 1:23). The pairing of these names signals a reversal in our typical understanding of salvation.  We usually think of ...


“Food is one part; love is another part”

Keeping perspective in this season of "giving"..   1 John 2


Recovering Your Life

Our pursuit of whole hearted devotion to God often, but not exclusively, comes through the practice of a spiritual discipline. Unfortunately, because of their historical abuse (and our mis-understanding of them) we have, with a broad stroke, labeled these practices as “legalistic” and, for the most part, largely ignored them in our lives. The problem ...


Keeping in Step with the Spirit

Gal. 5:25 – “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” This verse makes me think of a dance. In a dance some leads and it the job of the other to follow. It doesn’t work if both want to lead. One has to submit to the lead of ...


Tis the Season to Be Attentive

So much of our spiritual lives is about being attentive to the on-going, creative work of the Spirit in our lives. Ironically, Christmas can be so distracting, so engaging for us as ministers, we are the one who forget to make space for the incarnate God who came to walk among us. We are the ...