Written in Stone?

A funny thing happened on the way to a memorial service. I don’t even remember what we were talking about, but a granddaughter of the deceased said, “well, it’s not written in stone….” In that moment, I made a connection that seemed so obvious I was at once wanting to think more about it andContinue reading “Written in Stone?”

I don’t always agree with me

Tom Wright, I believe, said something like, “I believe I’m right 2/3 of the time. The challenge is that I am never sure exactly which 2/3 that is.” I’m pretty sure I agree with him about this. What I mean by that is that I recognize I am not right about everything. On the otherContinue reading “I don’t always agree with me”

Who am I to tell you…?

Can I admit to you here how much I hate being treated like I don’t know what I’m doing? Except, of course, when I am admittedly a novice or rookie. But: I’ve been at this pastoring thing for almost 30 years! So when someone approaches me – especially when they condescendingly share that it’s fromContinue reading “Who am I to tell you…?”

Not to compete with the movie franchise…

I am writing this to be read on Friday, April 13th.  We’ll have another Friday the 13th in July of this year. What do you think about Friday the 13th?  The Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina estimated in 2012 that between 17 and 21 million Americans struggle to some degree orContinue reading “Not to compete with the movie franchise…”

Thoughts and Prayers

Over the years, I have gotten to the place where I don’t blog in a reactionary way as I once did. But the school shooting in Florida last week has gotten me thinking. Ok, that’s not exactly right. The Parkland High school shooting has gotten me praying and thinking – trying to find something to doContinue reading “Thoughts and Prayers”

om, I feel your pain!

One year, even after at least half a dozen people had checked it, we published and mailed out a flyer with the schedule of our Holy Week events. It included, and I wish I was making this up, a line that said our Maundy Thursday service was on “Wednesday, March….” How could so many peopleContinue reading “om, I feel your pain!”

Am I Addicted?

I just finished my first read of Adam Alter’s Irresistible. I clarified “my first read” because I am going to start it again today. I social media-ed that “I can’t put it down,” partly for the irony, partly because I really enjoyed the read. We are, most of us, addicted to technology that didn’t existContinue reading “Am I Addicted?”

Not aimed at you

Once I noticed the little girl crying, I could not not think about it. Being at an elementary school to meet with a 4th grader I mentor, I was sensitive to the little girl’s privacy and space. Had this happened at the church I pastor, I wouldn’t have felt the same nudge to maintain myContinue reading “Not aimed at you”

Loving Las Vegas

I’ve never been to Vegas, but after the mass shooting there last night, they’ve been on my mind and heart this morning. Enough that I posted this to Facebook this morning: Praying for #LasVegas, and for a country that can seemingly agree on nothing except that we should pray. Maybe that’s the best place toContinue reading “Loving Las Vegas”

2017 version of Community Bathrooms

In 1982, I made a conscious decision to move away from a dorm with semi-private bathrooms to a dorm with community bathrooms on each floor. And I never looked back.  Ok; the bathroom set up wasn’t the reason I chose the other dorm (It helped they had installed air-conditioning over the summer). Community was differentContinue reading “2017 version of Community Bathrooms”