The Ways We Are Born

So my mom’s left handed. Sorry Mom, maybe you were hoping no one would ever know. Life hasn’t always been easy for lefties. Oh, I know we hear about the high value placed on left-handed pitchers, (no, let’s not talk about the Royals right now) but overall being left-handed historically has been reason for ill-treatment…

What Goes Around Comes Around… Right?

I went out to mow again last night, this time no requirement to run – I just save that for Maundy Thursday late afternoons. Anyway, I’m a few swipes through the front yard and I hear this piercing whistle. I pause and look around and don’t spot an officer directing traffic or a referee at…

Is There Such A Thing as Holy…Monday?

The experience of ambiguity is inevitable because living with contradiction is a permanent part of contemporary society. Living with contradiction is, however, more than a social necessity. For Christians, Parker Palmer has observed, it means living with contradiction because we follow the way of the cross. ‘The cross speaks of the greatest paradox of all:…

Jesus and the Gender Gap

  So one Sunday afternoon a few weeks ago as I was resting and watching the Sweet 16 games I think, Ringo, my big orange cat-assassin, started yelling at my back door and I looked out to find his latest gift. He was clearly quite proud, I was less than excited. It was dead. The…

The Week Before the Week Before

The week before the week before. There’s really not a holiday card celebrating that. It does happen though – every time there’s a major holiday, there’s always the week before the week before. It’s that time where you are thinking about what all needs to be done, but not at a panic stage yet. There’s…

The Wind Blows Where It Chooses

What does it take to enlarge our vision of the world? I love starting out with a simple and easy to answer question. *snort* But I’m serious, what does it take to enlarge our vision of the world? I suppose we have to first decide if we want our vision enlarged or if we pretty…

Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much

I have a painted board in my office. It’s probably a Pinterest kind of thing, I’m guessing, and it’s my humble level of decorating, if there’s any free space – maybe that’s why it’s sitting on a window sill. It says: “Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much”. And it has some kind of vine-y green…

Getting Grounded and Rising Up

We started the sermon series Rise Up this past weekend, and certainly the song by Andra Day is a grounding piece of that. I hope you’ll tap into the Youtube video that heads the blog and listen as she talks about what the song is about for her in writing and performing it. As great…

Here, Hold This.

“Here, hold this,” she said. We had touched down and taxied to the gate. The seatbelt signs had been turned off and the aisle seat-holders were standing and carefully retrieving their belongings from the overhead bins, since things sometimes shift during the course of flight. “Here, hold this,” she said and handed me her, I…

Serenity, Courage, Wisdom

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. I had a friend for many years who started every day with the Serenity Prayer. She had been in recovery from alcoholism for 17 years at that time, and said…

Love Our Neighbor…As Ourselves?

  I think I finally decided yesterday, since it was Valentine’s Day, it might be time to put away my nativity set. Someone mentioned to me recently that Ash Wednesday is two weeks from today which kicks off the season of Lent. So yes, I suppose it’s time to put away the nativity set celebrating…

To the Mountains

I’ve always liked going to the mountains. Who doesn’t, really? From the Kansas City area there’s that whole ‘drive across the state of Kansas’ deal, but even then, there are places along the way that can pique an interest. Take Topeka for instance, our capitol city. Have you ever taken the tour of the State…