There’s a place where the waves come in,
closer at first, then further away.
Perched on a rock,
he ponders life’s great mysteries.
The taste of salt water in the air,
as waves like eels slither closer again.
Maybe it’s Moses,
pondering the vastness before him,
salt water on the…
February 21, 2021; The First Sunday of Lent: Genesis 9:8–17
Put a bow on it.
That’s a phrase with a few different implications, depending on how we use it. It makes me think of the first US war I remember, the Gulf War. And there were these yellow ribbons and…
that motel in mexico
where we had the family reunion
of four hundred introductions and bilingual tousles,
the “suite” with literal scorpions in the bed,
on the curtains,
and in your shoe,
and the cougar chained to the tree in front of the rental car
we decided to…
If you could pinpoint your favorite pastor or preacher or Sunday School teacher, why would they be your favorite? What was it about them that drew your appreciation, your admiration, your openness and reflection?
Was it the way they dressed?
Or the accent they did or didn’t have?
Do you know our mission statement?
We are a community of believers who seek to grow: in our faith and understanding as we live the Way of Jesus Christ.
What about our four core values?
Freedom of Faith
I’ll admit that I don’t often start with…
wood creaks and cracks and crackles
smoking, flickering flames
warming, lighting, luring
you into imagination
the glockenspiel is pealing,
and angels echoing eerie,
and that familiar baritone
comforts with his crooning:
Do you see what I see?
Louis Armstrong once said that voice…
O Lord my God,
when I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds thy hands have made,
I see the stars,
I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed
Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee,
How great thou art,
How great thou art.
We left the island a couple hours later, headed to Acadia. We drove around, walked, and I’ll even say we “hiked” a little bit. As the day wrapped up, the darkness made us flip on our phones’ flashlights as we walked to the car. And as we came around the…
I love the water. I have a number of meaningful memories involving the beach or a boat. I also have a few memories of powerfully moving experiences, too. Like the time I sat on a boat and took in the deep blues that my disposable camera couldn’t. Or the time…
Everest, K2, El Capitan. I was mesmerized, if not in part because the greatest climbing accomplishment I have to date is scaling this pulpit. Upon reflection, I came to recognize that perhaps my fixation on people conquering mountains had less to do with my own desire for the physicality of…