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...
The Need for Winter

The Need for Winter

I recently saw a quote from the artist Andrew Wyeth, the acclaimed mid-20th century American realist painter. Wyeth wrote, “I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape. Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn’t...
The Little Things

The Little Things

A few weeks ago, I went to back out of the driveway on my way to lunch with a friend and realized that my car wasn’t in reverse, right at the edge of the driveway. I went to put it in gear right as a car flew by really fast. If I was in gear when I was ready to leave,...
Treasure Up These Things

Treasure Up These Things

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. -Luke 2:19 Moments when we almost tangibly feel God’s presence with us are gifts. It doesn’t happen often, but in those moments I try to remember exactly what was happening, where I was, and what I...
It takes more than a dog costume…

It takes more than a dog costume…

My dog doesn’t like my son. Zoey’s not outright mean to her little “brother” or anything, she just doesn’t want to be around him and she’s pretty clear about it. When he walks into a room, she leaves. When he calls for her to come, she heads in the...
Have I Been Disturbed?

Have I Been Disturbed?

I recently saw a quote from the Roman Catholic writer and Christian apologist G.K. Chesterton. It was from his work published in 1925 titled, The Everlasting Man.  Chesterton writes, “All the great groups that stood about the Cross [priests, soldiers, philosophers,...