Hot Chocolate and Other Messes

Our pastor had just finished up his sermon on falling – on admitting we are powerless and broken – when my son dropped his entire cup of hot chocolate on the church carpet (and my new shoes). I had just heard, written down, and whispered, “Amen” to these words: “Instead of the safest place to […]

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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 […]

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Baptism

I didn’t grow up with a very strong view of baptism. It’s certainly fair to say it wasn’t a Reformed view of the sacrament that I was raised with. The hodgepodge faith that nurtured me included several different denominations – all with different theological emphases – but all decidedly in a revivalist tradition. Baptism was […]

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Rotten Kids?

My son, who is 7, is a really sensitive kid.  I like that about him.  I especially like how he befriends other kids with special needs.  Whether it’s another kid on the basketball team who has autism or a relative with Cerebral Palsy, he seems to make special time and give special attention to those […]

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