My mind has been whirling with phrases, and the whirling has not been such a good thing. Phrases like, “abandonment of post,” and “ministry of presence.” Of course, lots of other phrases are now mantras for everyone: “an abundance of caution,” and “shelter in place.” For chaplains and pastors, pastoral care has meant, at its […]Read More A Ministry of Prescience
A few days before Christmas, as I was walking from the parking ramp where I’d left my car to the hospital, I saw a patient transport vehicle leaving another parking garage. The driver hollered out the window, so I walked back to where they were, noticing the passenger in the front seat wanted to say […]Read More Is There Joy?
I was placing an office supplies order at work and searching through available items to help some of the family members of our hospital patients pass the time while in crisis. I came across a ready-made box titled “Thoughts and Prayers.” What an incredibly handy item to be able to order! I checked the contents: […]Read More Thoughts and Prayers in a Box
Acts 4:32 Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. (NRSV) Today, I went to a chapel service. I’m traveling, and could have easily attended church anywhere in the city, but […]Read More One Heart and One Soul
A good friend of ours read scripture during the Sunday service a few weeks ago. I was affected by her very good reading——affected both cognitively and emotionally. She read well, and her voice of faith resonated with me in a sense of faithful solidarity. This person was well-selected, mind you. She’s taught biblical languages for […]Read More The Word became flesh
After a full day of reminding people that they are dust, mortal, and needing to repent, I’m ever more aware of how many times my colleagues and I try to help people make decisions about their loved ones’ care. Most often, the realities of today’s words about our mortality are seldom integrated into family conversations […]Read More Remember that you are…dust. And mortal.
Today’s post is from the Rev. Brad Kautz . Brad Kautz is the pastor of the Jicarilla Apache Reformed Church, a ministry of the RCA in Dulce, NM, on the reservation of the Jicarilla Apache Nation. He serves there with his wife Robin, and children Kat, Xander and Junior. Brad and Robin also have four adult […]Read More Hard Hearts
Today’s post is from the Rev. Brad Kautz . Brad Kautz is the pastor of the Jicarilla Apache Reformed Church, a ministry of the RCA in Dulce, NM, on the reservation of the Jicarilla Apache Nation. He serves there with his wife Robin, and children Kat, Xander and Junior. Brad and Robin also have four adult children […]Read More No Brainer –
Belhar Confession We believe that God has revealed himself as the one who wishes to bring about justice and true peace among people; that God, in a world full of injustice and enmity, is in a special way the God of the destitute, the poor and the wronged; In a month, I have a trip […]Read More Peace and Justice
John 3:16-17 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. 17 “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved […]Read More Love