“Simply Pray”: A Lenten Reflection

Image by claudia martinez from Pixabay  “Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.” ~excerpted from the Sermon […]

Shine Your God-Colors

You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light […]

Blessed are the Peacemakers

“I’m so tired of all the divisiveness around us. I really want peace.” I say to my friend.“Well, there’s peace, and then there’s ‘Peace,’” she says.“I know, I want peace ‘Peace’, but peacemaking isn’t easy, especially these trying times.”“That’s why we’re a church,” she says. The work of the peacemaker is not for the meek. […]

The Least of These

    Returning home from our mission in Nicaragua, I was greeted by a wailing, distress cry of “Mama!!” at the airport. The little girl was maybe three years old. “Mama…,” she screamed. “Mama…,” she cried flinging her little arms open wide in the stroller. “Mama!”    Her Mama and family members stood at the gate, […]

Commandment to Love

“We came here to help. Not to preach or to convert, or to judge. We just came to help.” These were my opening words to the people at ANIT, the LBGTQ+ organization in Nicaragua that was the focus of our 2019 Mission Trip in August. Sadly, Pastor David was detained at the airport in Nicaragua, […]

Oh, Grow Up

“You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are […]

Love and Good Deeds

I recently began listening to a podcast by Dylan Marron, “Conversations with People Who Hate Me.” Dylan Marron is a bi-racial, gay man, actor, writer and activist whose work has gotten him many hateful online comments from people because of his presence on social media. In his “Conversations with People Who Hate Me” podcast, Dylan […]

Being Martha…

Like Martha, much of my life in ministry has been centered around being behind the scenes – in the office, in the kitchen, setting up tables, calling repair persons, helping with phones and making copies – essentially doing the busy work that needs to be done. Sometimes, like Martha, I’ve felt the need to simply […]