The House of the Lord

We are planning to have “company” this weekend, which is an archaic way of saying that we’ve invited some friends over for dinner. What it really means is that we need to straighten up around this house, and hide the clutter, and clean the floors, and pick up the dog toys. We also need to […]

Read More The House of the Lord

Lent 3, 2018

There was no space for us in God’s domain (we couldn’t even step on the same hill without dying) until God took ten plain and simple Hebrew words to share God’s will, that we make space for the One Who Made Us. Eght simple “don’t”s, two “do”s was all required to include the One Who […]

Read More Lent 3, 2018

We Are the Church

When I think about Myra, I think of her as an incredibly dear friend, and a phenomenal dose of what “church” is at its best. Let me tell you about Myra. First of all, I’m ever so grateful for Myra and her family. I don’t want to “outshine” their grief or special relationship to her […]

Read More We Are the Church

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. […]

Read More What I Do

Gabriel’s Log, Fourth Entry

Our final unearthed entry from Gabriel’s log—for now, at least—tells of the Battle of Bethlehem—James Hart Brumm Personal Log of Gabriel, Messenger First Class, Trumpeter Second Class, Advance Unit of the Assault Division, Armies of the God Who Is and Was and Is to Come (also known as the “Heavenly Host”) Here we are, finally […]

Read More Gabriel’s Log, Fourth Entry

Gabriel’s Log, Entry Two

Here’s the second installment of the logs from Gabriel’s field assignment—James Hart Brumm Personal Log of Gabriel, Messenger First Class, Trumpeter Second Class, Advance Unit of the Assault Division, Armies of the God Who Is and Was and Is to Come (also known as the “Heavenly Host”) It feels like just moments ago that I […]

Read More Gabriel’s Log, Entry Two

Gabriel’s Log, Entry One

What follows here and over the next few days in That Reformed Blog will be entries rarely seen by human beings: the personal logs of a commander in the armies of heaven on field assignment to Bethlehem, Judea, late in the reign of Herod the Great. Any similarity to a midrash is entirely fortuitous.—James Hart […]

Read More Gabriel’s Log, Entry One