• Uncategorized

    lenten journal: disaster

    by  • March 1, 2016 • Uncategorized • 8 Comments


    When we lived in Boston, we would often drive back to Charlestown down the Cambridge side of the Charles River, which meant we passed the Museum of Science. We were sitting at the traffic signal one afternoon and read this billboard: Come visit the new planetarium at the Museum of Science, you tiny insignificant...

    Read more →

    lenten journal: tone

    by  • February 26, 2016 • Uncategorized • 5 Comments


    ⋅I have been working on a sermon for this coming Sunday. I get to preach at our church for the first time. My text is Matthew 5:21-43 that contains the story of Jesus’ healing of the woman who had hemorrhaged for twelve years, which is sandwiched between the account of Jairus coming to ask...

    Read more →

    lenten journal: rewrite

    by  • February 12, 2016 • Uncategorized • 7 Comments


    Pick up any good book on writing and somewhere early in the description of the process the author will say you can’t write well if you are not reading good stuff. One article I read recently even quantified it: read a thousand pages for every one you write. I’m not sure I can live...

    Read more →

    lenten journal: pie

    by  • March 14, 2015 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    Screen Shot 2015-03-14 at 11.54.33 PM

    I’m not a mathematician. I know enough to explain what pi is, but that’s about it. I didn’t even make it to the end of the book The Life of Pi. As I said yesterday, Pi Day is Pi(e) Day: an excuse to make and eat pie and invite people over to eat with...

    Read more →

    lenten journal: light

    by  • March 8, 2015 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    Screen Shot 2015-03-08 at 9.22.49 PM

    Today was Youth and Children’s Sunday at our church, which meant the children were our worship leaders. One of them, who reads quite regularly in worship, stood up to lead us in our call to worship. Leader: We have seen the light of God People: on high mountains of celebration and in the laughter...

    Read more →

    wise and weary ones

    by  • January 8, 2015 • epiphany, hope, Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    photo by Leonard Beeghley

    Christmas was gone before they got to the manger, camels and servants grumbling. “We saw his star in the east,” they said. Mary wondered why a sign from God didn’t get them there on time for the birth. “You missed the angel choir,” she replied. They knelt before the babe, offering gifts and hopeful...

    Read more →

    advent journal: an old story

    by  • December 24, 2014 • Uncategorized • 4 Comments


    This story is not new, but then neither are the feelings it names. Thanks for making the journey with me this Advent. A Faraway Christmas by Milton Brasher-Cunningham A Faraway Christmas As we gather together on this Silent Night, To sing ‘round the tree in the soft candlelight, From a Faraway Christmas, from time...

    Read more →