Disrupted grief comes calling at churches

6/23/2021

I received a call that no pastor wants to receive on April 17, 2020. "We lost her," my church member said over the phone through his tears. My mind started spinning. How are we going to handle this, I asked...

Juneteenth: A Reflection

6/14/2021

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1 NRSV Here I am, sojourning in Houston, Texas, serving Austin Seminary these...

God’s Garden

6/4/2021

He also said, "The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces...

Love Builds Up

4/27/2021

Now concerning food sacrificed to idols: we know that "all of us possess knowledge." Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. – 1 Corinthians 8:1 This past winter my family went ice skating. We were excited but particularly my daughter....

The Beauty of the Resurrection

3/30/2021

"We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life--this life was revealed, and we...

Your six-word story

2/24/2021

What are you giving up for Lent? This question may seem absurd following the losses we've all sustained during the pandemic. The idea behind this ancient spiritual practice was to encourage self-discipline and even sacrifice to draw closer to the...

Preparing for growth

1/28/2021

1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the vineyard keeper. 2 He removes any of my branches that don't produce fruit, and he trims any branch that produces fruit so that it will produce even more fruit....

By Another Road …

12/17/2020

The start of a New Year and a new season brings with it wonder about what lies ahead. It’s in our human nature to respond to this wonder by setting new goals, new plans and new behaviors to live into...

Come to the Light

12/7/2020

Leer la devoción en español. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light.” (John 1:5) It amazes me how art can be created in so many ways and with so many different materials. In this...

Wrestling with 2020

10/6/2020

“The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping ….”  Genesis 32:31 If, as in the Old Testament, we were to stack stones to mark our passage through the wilderness of the year 2020, what would...