The small 911 memorial in Kansas City was a somber place last night. A water wall gives space for reflection and prayer. Flowers from the remembrance of the day before rested against the jagged beam flamed in the fires of the Twin Towers. One for the “crew ” of a plane lost – another named […]
The apostle Paul had a unique view of suffering. Having lived through imprisonment, shipwrecks, floggings and personal attacks he wrote to the new church start in Rome: “We also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love […]
It was hard not to be inspired by John McCain’s funeral. We were reminded of decency and integrity, compassion and forgiveness. It was such a contrast to what we have been living with in the past two years. Two years ago, talking about a Senators’s integrity and courage would not have been perceived as the […]
My third visit to the Old Log Theater’s showing of “How I Became a Pirate” took place on the last day of the play. I’d taken two trips with other grandchildren and just squeezed in my two granddaughters for the last show. From the vantage point of seeing it three times, I could tell that […]
This has been a long summer of one political piece of craziness after another. We have fundamental clashes on the best way to run our nation. On any given day there is scandal after scandal being reported. Most people I talk to express a great deal of frustration with the political climate. We’d like our […]
At those moments when we are beating ourselves up, when our self-talk is negative, we see only our flaws and are unable to see any good we’ve done . . . The scripture reminds us that we are a work in progress.
I batted heads with James in the first weeks I pastored a small church in rural Minnesota. The argument started over a family that was renting our unused parsonage. The summer was hot and humid. Our renter had a large family which meant frequent baths and showers, all adding to the humidity in the house. […]