What I Do

I am a Specialized Minister in the RCA. That means I was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament, but that I work in a specific type of ministry, not necessarily in a church context. My ministry could be called Biblical Hospitality. It could be called Spiritual Direction. It could be called Christian Coaching.…

Earth Day at 45 years old

Today is Earth Day. Originally observed in 1970, Earth Day marked the beginnings of the Environmental movement in America. Some really good things came from the original Earth Day. As awareness was raised, it led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, passages of the Clean Air Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species…

Deconstructing Psalms

[As part of our Lenten journey, some of us at That Reformed Blog are blogging through the Lectionary. One of today’s readings is Psalm 19.]   God has been speaking since before time. Long before the invention of writing (about 3200 BC in Sumer and Egypt, 1200 BC in China, and 600 BC in Mesoamerica[i])…

God’s Unexpected Call

Last week’s lectionary passage (1 Samuel 3:1-10), and this week’s Gospel reading (Mark 1:14-20) share the common theme of God unexpectedly calling people. When God called Samuel in the temple, Samuel was just a boy. I imagine he was about 8 or 9 years old. He had been dedicated to the Lord by his mother…

Burning Man – Funeral pyre for the Church?

There has been a lot of online bemoaning and complaining and analysis recently about the decline of the Christian church in the northern hemisphere. Whether it is the rise of the “Nones,” the popularity of Sports culture, the fact that people no longer feel obligated to attend worship every single week, or the changing demographic…

Why God is like GPS

As far as I can tell, God is a being of few words. God speaks to people on a need-to-know basis and doesn’t seem interested in providing all the details to us humans when God leads us somewhere. Jesus was notorious for saying simply “Follow me.” I’m guessing that Jesus himself didn’t get a lot…

Aha Moments on the Road to Emmaus

  In this week’s lectionary passage, Luke 24: 13-15, we read the familiar story of two disciples encountering the risen Jesus on the road to Emmaus. This event takes place on the same day that Jesus’ tomb was found to be empty – Easter Sunday. We only know the name of one of these disciples…