Our Tidy Little Kingdoms

“Following Jesus closely messes up our tidy little kingdoms, and that does not always attract the masses. But at the same time, in following Jesus we receive a life far more abundant than anything in this world can offer. It is this abundant life that we are to demonstrate to others that it is worth ...

The Practice of Being Imperfect

“Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.” Gal. 6:4-5 ™ Self-examination is one of ...

Reckless Wonder

“At that time they had a well-known prisoner whose name was Jesus Barabbas. So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Matt. 27:16, 17 (NIV)[i] Barabbas’ first name was also Jesus, which means “savior.” So Pilate ...

Our Runaway Hearts

“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1 I didn’t recognize my own symptoms. After three weeks of summer travel and a jam-packed schedule I finally had a morning home ...

Entering into Lent 2018

Today, known as Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the Church’s observance of the 40-day Lenten season leading up to Easter. I was raised in a home that had no religious underpinnings and in our own church tradition we have not routinely embraced observance of the Church calendar. For some of us, this may be ...

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“‎You’re not the same as you were before,” said the Mad Hatter. You were much more… muchier… you’ve lost your muchness.” “My muchness?” Alice asked. “In there,” he said, pointing to her heart. “Something is missing.” According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, muchness means “the quality or state of being in great quantity, extent, or degree.” The Mad ...

Invitations to Wholeness

I am meeting someone for coffee. I have never met her or perhaps I don’t know her well. At some point  earlier, however, she asked, “Can we go for coffee?” Every week (several times a week) I have the privilege of sitting at this table. Each person comes with her own story of brokenness. Brokenness ...