XOXOX Tip: Finding Your Five

“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought. ~Matthew 5:5, The Message You know that feeling of self-doubt? That nudging from the inner critic that calls you out saying “who do you think you’re fooling?” Maybe […]

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. […]

“A Confession…”

I have a confession to make. As of the past few months, I have been finding the most spiritual and enlightening conversations from the Under the Skin podcast with actor/comedian Russell Brand. Yeah, that guy…from the movies Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek. His podcast is intelligent, witty, timely, as well as […]

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, […]

Shining the Light

“Here’s another way to put it: 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 […]

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 […]

No Fear

I, along with 10 others from United Church, am traveling in August to Nicaragua for the annual mission trip. This year we are partnering with ANIT, an LBGTQIA+ organization, and will be working on a project with them to fix up a residential shelter for people kicked out of their homes because of sexual identity […]