MLK Day 2020

I wrote this article for our church blog to encourage participation at our MLK 2020 event. This is an expanded version. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. and was first honored as such on January 20, 1986. King’s actual birthday is January 15. […]

Avoiding Hypocritical Prayer

Getting ready for church this morning and contemplating what I will be praying for and I am reminded of this quote: “There is something deeply hypocritical about praying for a problem you are unwilling to resolve.” Miroslav Volf Prayer has never been easy for me, I am less of a spiritual person than you might […]

Holy Wednesday – Giotto: The Kiss of Judas

Betrayal by Judas or The Kiss of Judas Today is Holy Wednesday, also known as Spy Wednesday (Good Wednesday and Holy and Great Wednesday). The event commemorated on this day in holy week is the conspiracy between Judas and the Jewish leaders to have Jesus crucified. The following is a devotional based on the work […]

Happiness

Read the two articles linked below. One is a summary,the other is an in depth discussion of the following eight categories that the author (Roger Walsh) calls TLC’s (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes). I grew up in a culture that undervalued happiness. It wasn’t the highest virtue by any stretch, it paled comparison to “joy”, and was […]

Veteran’s Day Requiem

I am a late-blooming pacifist. 100 years ago the “war to end war” came to an end in the eleventh month, on the eleventh day, at the eleventh hour in 1918. World War I was a horrific war: 9 million casualties; 10 million civilian casualties; 21 million wounded. Those numbers are beyond imagining. The statement […]

God is not a King

A longstanding conversation in theology has to do with how we know things about God and how we describe what we “know” about God. One way this has been stated in theological circles is “all of our knowledge about God is analogical.” I have used the phrase: “all theology is analogy” many times in conversations. […]

Faith, Doubt, Fear

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“For now we see through a glass, darkly…” I have spent many hours in all three categories.  Faith The first category is faith.  We all believe things. We believe things about reality; we also imagine things that we don’t really know about, but we imagine and believe. I have constructed statements of faith, I have […]

The God Who Sees

I got new glasses today. I started wearing glasses in the fourth grade. Mrs. Takahashi, my fourth grade teacher recommended I get glasses because I was struggling in class to see the blackboard, and at home my parents had to clean the TV of my nose-prints. I can still remember the drive home with my […]

Untimely Death

My Dad will likely die tonight. (update: Pop died June 24 at around 7pm) Born on the heels of the Russian Revolution in May of 1923, or thereabouts. Who knows? with record keeping the way it was, or wasn’t. It makes him 95 or so. A hard long life, maybe even good at times. He […]

We Are the Circus

“Without the circus he is just a lonely clown.”  – Bill Maher Trump is our President. We did this, and it is a reflection of us. At least a good part of us. And that is the rub. For those of us who don’t see “us” in him, this is a painful and reluctant realization. […]