Thoughts on 4th of July Church Services

It has been a rough road for the reputation of Christianity. This weekend that reputation was on display. Churches all over the country, in defiance of common sense and the clear and important restrictions given to us by health officials and government entities, met openly in crowded indoor spaces, singing and otherwise ignoring universal guidelines […]

Eucharist Alone

Today was both the beginning of Holy Week and for many Christians around the globe, a day to celebrate the Lord’s Supper/Eucharist. We did it alone. I used to bristle a little at weddings, when in the context of the body of Christ, we offered communion to the wedding party only – the congregation didn’t […]

Widows, Pennies, & Church at Home

I have been posting thoughts about Sunday worship on our church’s Facebook page, usually titled: “Best Things I Heard Today.” With our changing meeting landscape I thought I would expand that practice in to a blog post.

Isaiah 1

Just notes. This series on the blog are just the notes from the margins of my Bible, hopefully the comments, observations, cross references, etc. will be helpful. I don’t intend this to be a commentary or an exhaustive treatment of the passage. Tuesdays will be an exploration through Isaiah. Isaiah 1 Shema – Deuteronomy 6:4-5 […]

Genesis 1

Here are some notes from my Bible from Genesis chapter 1.

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 […]