Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!” -Genesis 28:16 What do you want in life? Really deep down? What is your deepest longing? Your purest purpose? What is that inescapable drive within you? What is at the center of your heart and mind and soul? Read Genesis 28:10-17 again. This is a story about waking up. Waking up to purpose, and joy, and meaning and calling. Waking up to more, to the more that is all around us, all the time.......
German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer was part of the confessing church in Germany that stood in resistance to the Nazi regime. And he wrote this in a letter to his brother-in-law, a letter that was in part about the Bible and how we read scripture: If it is I who determine where God is to be found, then I shall always find a God who corresponds to me in some way, who is obliging, who is connected with my own nature. But if God determines where he is to be found, then it......
Are you prepared for change? So many people don’t like change. Others enjoy it – or at least tolerate it – but never really prepare for it. But here’s the truth: we should always be prepared for change! And here’s another truth: Christmas is all about change! We change our homes by adorning it with decorations. We change our budget – setting aside money for gifts and travel and parties and special foods. We change our radio stations to the “All Christmas All The Time” stations. We change our eating habits as......
There are moments in life that cause us to stop and look upon something familiar as if for the first time. Parents prepares for the birth of a child for months and month. And yet the moment of the child’s birth causes parents to stop and ponder the miracle of life and mystery of love in a completely new way. A child goes to school day after day and is uninspired to learn until the moment he step foot into the classroom of a truly amazing teacher who brings learning to life in......
Have you ever noticed how people change? Some change for the better as they grow, mature, and learn from practically everything that life throws at them. Others withdraw and harden their hearts in opposition to the pain and fear within themselves and the world around them.The truth is we probably all change in different ways at different times…sometimes for the better and sometimes not. And, in my experience, other people rarely notice those changes right away. Our view of one another is like a picture, a snapshot of a fixed moment in......
Today is election day for all of us in the US. And I am hesitant to write this because the election brings about intense feelings for so many folks. And yet I am compelled to acknowledge this day in the life of our community…and remind us that despite the votes we cast today, we are first and foremost followers of Jesus Christ, who is neither Republican nor Democrat because such divisions are human creations, not God creations. Today, change will come in some way, shape or form. And, as I said on......