What Day Is It Again?

Now is a perfect moment to start treating time the way Jesus did Mondays feel like Fridays don’t they? We’re trying to keep a sense of normal by keeping pace with the calendar. Sometimes I rage against my loss of control with my calendar (like more meetings will fix this). But every where I look inContinue reading “What Day Is It Again?”

Waiting For Hope

Seeing and trusting God right now There wasn’t much social distancing in Jerusalem 2000 odd years ago on Palm Sunday. Crowds packed the way up to the holy city; each one clamoring to see Galilee’s prophet, Jesus of Nazareth, coming up to Jerusalem — on a donkey of all things. The crowd didn’t mind. One by one coatsContinue reading “Waiting For Hope”

Finding Normal

Learning resiliency when your routine is disrupted In 1940, Nazi bombers unleashed hell on the entire civilian population of London. For 57 days, German bombers rained +18,000 tons of explosives from the sky, every night. In spite of the terror and uncertainty, life pushed through the cracks, life in 1940 London carried on. War correspondentContinue reading “Finding Normal”

Pandemic Paranoia

Faith is paranoia in reverse. Coronavirus spreads and so does paranoia. But this paranoia is not new, it’s just been hidden from view; it was hidden while life was good and “under control”. Coronavirus is exposing the paranoia that’s been there all along, running in the deep currents of our souls. What is our way outContinue reading “Pandemic Paranoia”

Saying “Yes” to What Matters

What matters most to us takes the most sacrifice from us. It was May 1927. On a dark & damp New York morning, a single engine monoplane bounced into the air at muddy Roosevelt Field, barely clearing the trees at the end of the runway It’s pilot, Charles Lindbergh, was alone. Over the next 33 hours,Continue reading “Saying “Yes” to What Matters”

Walt Disney Knew Something

Before Walt Disney, cartoons were like sugar. They held you over while you waited for the main meal, the feature reel. Cartoons then were full of cheap laughs and little depth. Disney proved with Snow White that cartoons could deliver something more than a laugh. They could carry a story. The heart traffics in stories,Continue reading “Walt Disney Knew Something”

Radical Simplicity

You should be thankful we only memorize Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in our American schools, and not Edward Everett’s Gettysburg Address. Lincoln’s historic speech rounds out at a tweetable 272 words. Everett — who was actually the keynote speaker and spoke before Lincoln — spoke for close to 2 hours. Yikes. Everett, ever the gentlemen, told President Lincoln afterwards, “…IContinue reading “Radical Simplicity”

Hope In Anxiety

The time is always right for a conversation about mental health. This really isn’t a conversation meant for tweets or posts, but eye-to-eye, heart-to heart. My hope is simply that perhaps a few paragraphs would give you or someone you love the courage to reach out, love deeply, and choose life. Today, reach out. LetContinue reading “Hope In Anxiety”

Our Choice, Our Society

The abortion debate we’re having in our generation is happening in the halls of history. We’re not the first to cross this bridge, nor will we be the last. The question we face today is about our community, and more importantly, what sort of community we will be. It demands an answer. Our future won’tContinue reading “Our Choice, Our Society”

On Creativity & Preaching

Should sermons be creative? Is it wrong to crave & expect creative sermons? It all depends on how we define “creative”. This I know to be true: nowhere is the Gospel boring. Proclaiming Jesus crucified and alive is impossible to do without joy, intrigue, mystery, and amazement. But what of style? Should we expect creativeContinue reading “On Creativity & Preaching”