Martha

The Bible is written so that we keep our eyes on Jesus. And yet, as we walk our way through, there are some human heroes, too. They capture our attention and model for us how to follow God. Or not. One of those intriguing characters is Martha. In the Gospels, she gets...

The One With Pharaoh Jim

Are you one of the lucky ones this morning that gets a pass for nodding off during the sermon? If you were at VBS for five days this week, a sermonic catnap is allowed. Today only. Now, only those at VBS get that pass, just to be clear. I was at VBS, so I might take...

Contrasts

The fishing was lousy. And yet, the peaks were still drenched white. It was beautiful. The streams were full to overflowing. The weather was warm-ish. I can promise you there still is a sun up there, beyond the overcast and drizzle. My naps were long. So, yes, we had...

Change Our World

Schools on the The Hill are empty this weekend. Graduation day was another dreary afternoon. I’m sure blankets were cherished items. It’s never hot for graduation. The sun is out for New Year’s Day, not early June. I was all set to wax eloquently about the joy and...

Happy Birthday Mom

Today my mom would have been 96 years old. Unbelievable. The day never passes without thoughts of her and her influence in my life. And in the lives of my children. She passed away 3 or 4 days after Lindsey and I returned from the first medical mission in Bombo. Those...

The Final Solution

I may be at a loss for words this morning, which means I may not be able to clearly put my thoughts to ink. But I’ve been stewing all week about a conversation I overheard while waiting for a couple of new tires (don’t ask) on Monday. One man (“Guy One”) in his 80s...

Joy and Sadness

Mother’s Day is one of those holidays that both the church and the world celebrate. As I kid it was a great day. My dad would always buy something special for my mom. We might have cooked something special, but it was a Sunday, though, and the first day of the week...

A Place Where God Can Use Me

I did my second ride-along with a sheriff deputy this week. It wasn’t nearly as exciting as the first one. There were moments of lights and sirens. But the humanity of the department was on full view — we spent a good chunk of time waiting for a flat tire to be...

Lessons from Notre Dame

On Monday, the world watched with a deep sense of sadness as the beautiful cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris was consumed by fire. It was a mesmerizing scene. There were many tears shed on that day after Palm Sunday. Why? Why was this such a traumatic event for the...

Lingering Trials

The sewer saga continues. Yes, the latest trial of our cursed sewer system is dragging on. And on. Piles of dirt remain in the driveway. The Great Trench of 2019 remains open. I’m offering lap swimming for anyone interested. I’m told by mid-week it should all get...
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