Why Not Goldfish?

  I continue to be intrigued by people with great vision. When speaking of people with vision, Gandhi talked about resilience – the ability, commitment, and flexibility to continue the course while making needed changes to unexpected situations that happen along the way. According to Gandhi, “First they ignore you, then they mock you, then…

Just Because We Can

Just because we can doesn’t always mean we should. When do we learn that lesson? One of those life things that we learn along the way? One of my friends has suggested for years that we collaborate on a book entitled Things You Can’t Tell People. I think one of them is that just because…

Defining What It Is To Be Blessed

Maybe for a minute think about what makes you happy. A sunny day? Playing a sport? Walking outside? Lunch with a friend? A nice wine with dinner? Remember Jesus was the one who changed water into wine, just sayin’. A trip to the beach, the mountains, western Kansas? (Maybe that last one’s just me). Watching…

A Day Is a Day, and We Want More of Those

Dark, rainy days most often make me want to hunker down inside and read with my animals surrounding me – in my imagination it’s a Norman Rockwell print of peace and tranquility in the animal kingdom. The truth is Buddy gets as excited to walk in the rain as he does in the sunshine when…

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…