We the People

We the People... Those words have been repeated and recited and remembered for decades. The Constitution of the United States is one of the great documents in not only our history, but in world history. In a time of revolutionary change, the people of this developing country committed its governance and direction to the people … Continue reading We the People

Debates, Debacles, & Discernment

So honestly, I did not watch the Presidential Debate last week. There were several reasons why. To begin with, it was starting right at my bedtime and I’m trying to adjust my schedule for Fall and Winter. Just like when I was a child and Dad and Mom wouldn’t let me start television shows that … Continue reading Debates, Debacles, & Discernment

Pandemic, Panic, & Permeability

I woke up thinking about how the state of the world is affecting me and my psyche. I’m not the only one who is experiencing that these days. Lots of people are not sleeping well, waking uneasily, tossing and turning as the world seems to move from one turmoil to another. We are living in … Continue reading Pandemic, Panic, & Permeability

Inertia

My desk looks much the same. My books are still piled in place ready to be opened and read. The little messes that make up my desktop have not magically cleared themselves in my absence. My little jade tree is still alive and ready for a drink. In other words, nothing much has changed. It’s … Continue reading Inertia

Epistles from the Epidemic: Sacrament of the Final Breath

Grace and peace to you all. May this find you enjoying good health and abundant hope. This offering was actually written this past December. I did not publish it then because I had been dealing with and writing a good bit about death and dying—it seemed that something lighter was more in order. That, of … Continue reading Epistles from the Epidemic: Sacrament of the Final Breath

The Fauci Effect

The COVID-19 crisis grinds on.  Social distancing is now an accepted fact of life— indeed, it may be the thing that keeps lots of people alive period.  The American people are taking to their homes and washing their hands and cleaning everything around them.  There is hope that we are reducing the number of cases, … Continue reading The Fauci Effect

Ill-Prepared

Grace to you and peace. This is another installment in my Epistles from the Epidemic series. I'd like to begin with a modern parable: There was a man who inherited a house. It was a lovely place with many fine details and appointments. It had a unique feel to it. It was large and commodious. … Continue reading Ill-Prepared

I Gave Up “Normal” for Lent

Grace and peace to you all. May this find you enjoying good health and abundant hope. Friends, we are in a new season. Last Thursday at 11:50pm EDT we entered spring the earliest we have in the last 124 years. I love the vernal equinox and the energy of life that is budding and blooming … Continue reading I Gave Up “Normal” for Lent

Epistles from the Epidemic II

Grace and peace to you all! May this find you enjoying good health and abundant hope! We continue to track the spread and effects of the COVID-19 virus, and we continue to adjust to new and strange realities. We are definitely in uncharted waters. We’re not gathering together as a church right now. The COVID-19 … Continue reading Epistles from the Epidemic II

Epistles from the Epidemic I

Grace and peace to you all! May this find you enjoying good health and abundant hope!Having cancelled church gatherings yesterday and having read the most recent news this morning in which this current crisis is going to take some time to resolve, it struck me that I will be pastoring from a social distance (everyone’s … Continue reading Epistles from the Epidemic I