Bridges of Care – March 2021 Lectionary Preview

2/10/2021

“’Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ …he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this….” (John 2:19, 21-22) “Just...

Leading into the future

2/8/2021

Calder Pickett, the History of Journalism professor at the University of Kansas, edited a compendium of famous sayings, quotes, statements of Americans over the last 200 years. He entitled the book "Voices from the Past." He shared in class that...

Mantle Passing: The Extraordinary Witness of Faithful Stewards

1/22/2021

February 14, 2021 II Kings 2:1-15 - Transfiguration of the Lord Let's just put it out there. Elijah, the prophet and drama of biblical proportion, seem to always go together. It was at Mt. Carmel when Elijah called down the...

Looking Back, Looking Forward, Being Here Now

1/19/2021

For me, the month of January is always a time of contemplating the beginning, a place from which to start. Just as the sun has started to turn back to the north we are inclined toward renewal and think of...

Thus Saith the Lord – January 2021 Lectionary Preview

12/15/2020

Competing claims about what is true inundated us in 2020. Both message and messenger were doubted. The sheer volume and velocity of information overwhelm. This new year will, doubtless, be the same. We pray things will be better, but we...

Even in a tough year, people still give

12/11/2020

Advent season is upon us! This is by far my favorite time of the year. It brings back memories of cutting down the Christmas tree, placing the luminaria out at Christmas Eve, singing along with the songs on the radio,...

Begin Again: Closure and Anticipation – December 2020 Lectionary Preview

11/16/2020

A presidential impeachment. Stories and videos of children ripped from their parents’ arms at the U.S. southern border. The death of Breonna Taylor. COVID-19. The death of Ahmaud Arbery. The death of George Floyd. The shooting of Jacob Blake. The...

Unusually Thankful

11/13/2020

On the cusp of Thanksgiving and Advent, in a year that has been unlike any other in recent memory, I find myself wondering what the Thanksgiving holiday might look like in the week ahead. In the midst of an uncertain...

The spirituality of pledging: Praying our way into 2021

11/9/2020

One of my favorite pictures in the Presbyterian Foundation’s collection is of a woman praying over her pledge. The pledges were collected in what normally functions as a baptismal font (containing no water, of course) and each person was invited...

Calculating your Tithe

10/19/2020

My first memory of tithing is from first grade. My Dad had just completed seminary and was in his first call serving as the Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Selma, AL. My Mom wanted to sing in the...