You’re Not Alone

You’re Not Alone

A while ago, I met a youth during a weekly pastoral visit to a hospital. When I entered her room, it saddened me to see her so thin. Her face clearly communicated the anguish and pain she was suffering. After greeting me and introducing herself, she started to cry....
What’s in your backpack?

What’s in your backpack?

I have zero interest in backpacking, but a few years ago an interview with an avid backpacker caught my attention. She explained that if you want to know what a backpacker fears, all you need to do is look inside her backpack because it’s what she fears that will...
March Madness

March Madness

Here we are, right smack in the middle of the month of March. Doesn’t it seem March has a hard time deciding what it wants to be? I guess that’s why it earned the slogan, “In like a lion, out like a lamb.” I can just hear March talking to itself, “Am I still winter?” ...
Revelations in the mundane

Revelations in the mundane

I have been climbing now since June. The action of climbing a route requires strength, perseverance, critical thinking and trust in oneself; three of which I started this process with. Can you guess which one I didn’t have? It was probably the most foundational piece,...
We Need It!

We Need It!

I’m pretty terrible at small talk (introvert problems), so my go-to chit chat usually revolves around, you guessed it, the weather. This means that for the last 2 rain-soaked weeks, everyone from the cashier at the grocery store, to the clerk and the dry cleaners to...
Gnomes and Being Known

Gnomes and Being Known

“O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know...
Lenten Love

Lenten Love

This week the 2018 calendar alerts us to two significant cultural occurrences, the first being the secular celebration of Valentine’s Day and the second being the religious observance of Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent, the Christian season of penitential...
Mondays are my favorite days

Mondays are my favorite days

Monday’s are my favorite days. You might be saying why on earth would Monday be your favorite? Well, Monday’s are reserved for Theology on Tap, a time of fellowship and deep study. This Monday was no exception. We’re studying through Esther and something really struck...
Walking in someone else’s skin

Walking in someone else’s skin

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”  These words of Atticus Finch in Harper Lee’s, To Kill a Mockingbird are often quoted but this morning, 50 or so leaders...
Hope in the Present

Hope in the Present

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him...