*This sign hangs on the barn at our favorite pumpkin patch. When this post publishes on Thursday morning, I will be sitting in the hospital waiting room as my sweet, four-year-old daughter is having dental surgery. I have kept myself so busy ever since finding out that she would need the surgery that I have […]Read More Confession: I’m a Control Freak
Last week I was getting ready to leave a coffee shop after spending the morning worship planning when I overheard a conversation between two men. They were having a lively conversation over coffee, complete with hand gestures and animated facial expressions. I could tell that they were talking about religion from the few words I […]Read More Forgiveness Hocus Pocus
“Heather’s Hutch” by Thomas Kinkade Cur Deus Homo In the last post Peter kicked off Holy Week by opening up a fabulous discussion about why Jesus died. I wanted to take it back a step and ask why Jesus lived in the first place. If the primary Christian claims about Jesus are true that he […]Read More Cur Deus Homo? And Other Important Questions
Today marks the beginning of Holy Week. “Holy” is such a churchy word and, as a result, carries a lot of baggage. So, let’s start by lightening the load. Holy means somewhat peculiar, somehow different, something unique, or someone set apart for a special purpose. This week, then, is different, unique, even peculiar. And yes, […]Read More Be Holy (whatever that means).
I am a perpetual student. I love to learn, and I spent seven years in higher education earning undergraduate and graduate level degrees. Even though I am not currently in a degree program, I continue to read, study, learn and discover new tidbits each and every day. But there was one thing that I couldn’t […]Read More Where are you from?
I am an ordained minister of Word and sacrament and I stand within the Reformed tradition. Currently, I am the pastor of a small Reformed church in the midst of a big city where the predominate traditions are Lutheran and Roman Catholic. No one has heard anything about the Reformed. I have been learning more […]Read More Every Square Inch
In your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an account of the hope that is in you (1 Peter 3:15). It is my hope that this blog will be a hospitable place in cyberspace where all are welcome. While this is a blog hosted by a bunch […]Read More What’s In A Name?
This is only the beginning of what we hope will blossom into something beautiful. Check back soon as seeds are still being planted in the form of healthy and vital conversations.Read More Beginings