The World Is Too Much With Us

Aug 12, 2019

  Truer words were never spoken or written: “The world is too much with us; late and soon,/Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers…”[1]  How could William Wordsworth who penned this sonnet around 1802 have known our world so well? We lay waste our powers– our attention, our truer selves, our purpose, our talents […]

At Any Moment in Time

Aug 05, 2019

At any moment in time there are two questions to ask: What am I called to do? and What am to learn from this, whatever is in my life right now? If Jesus is to be our guide and mentor, then we need to consult with Him at every turn. For what good is it […]

Seeing and Hearing

Aug 02, 2019

How do we know  for sure that we are following Jesus’ teaching, following in His footsteps as we journey towards our life lived wholly in God? There is definitely a time and place for a pastor’s or a denomination’s teachings at the beginning of our life in Him, but Jesus warns us so often in […]

The Trajectory of a Life

Jul 22, 2019

Do you every think about the main trajectory of your life? It’s a process not unlike connecting the dots, making sense of all that has happened in our lives and where that has influenced the next and next things that have challenged us and what we have given back to life. I often think about […]

Goodness, Kindness and Gentleness

Jul 15, 2019

  These three qualities: goodness, kindness and gentleness express love, patience, peace, joy, faithfulness and self-control, the other qualities of the fruit of the Spirit to a T.[1] But are we Christians known by our goodness, kindness and gentleness? What do those qualities have to do with spreading His word, with serving His people? And […]

It is so hard to feel God’s love!

Jul 08, 2019

Last week I wrote about how hard it is to see ourselves clearly and without our parents’ and our culture’s overlay. This week’s post is about how hard it is to feel, to accept God’s love for us in every cell in our body. We can “know” in our minds that God loves us and […]

The Human Condition

Jul 01, 2019

This week and next I will be writing about 1) the skewed personal lens through which we view ourselves and the world and 2) how difficult it is, because of this lens, to actually take in God’s love. It’s been a great surprise to me how we are bound by how we view life and […]

A Believer, a Follower or a Disciple?

Jun 24, 2019

The choice is ours: to be a believer, a follower or a disciple of Jesus. Each one is a big step into the full life that Christ offers us. To be a believer is to accept the teachings of the Bible, to embrace the life Jesus lived on this earth, to join with others in […]

Recognizing God’s Voice

Jun 17, 2019

  The voices in our head, especially the repetitive ones we’ve lived with since childhood, are loud and clear about what we are supposed to be doing. They constitute the great “shoulds” of our lives, because they are still trying to get us to make up for the problems we had obeying our parents and […]

From Birth to Death to Resurrection

Jun 10, 2019

Did you ever think that Jesus’ story from His birth to His death and resurrection might echo how He comes to us: first as a baby, a tiny commitment that matures and matures in us until we can see the risen Christ and we have been truly reborn? Every year our church calendars detail the […]