Good, Better, Best

I had the great joy the other day of witnessing a good thing happening: a child gave his mother a dandelion. Then, this even better thing happened. He realized what a good idea it was, and picked a second flower to give her. Then, the best thing happened: the mother received the flowers exactly theContinue reading “Good, Better, Best”

I agree with Sarah Huckabee Sanders

One of the challenges of blogging about an event a few days after that event is saying something new or different. I am going to assume you’ve read or heard or both about the Lexington, Va. restaurant that refused service to Sarah Huckabee Sanders. I am not going to wade into the specific event orContinue reading “I agree with Sarah Huckabee Sanders”

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!”

Does God agree with you? with me?

In the face of all the many disagreements, and further, in the face of what seems to be a lack of ability to communicate in civil and well-intentioned ways, I thought this morning of these words from Isaiah 55:8-9 My plans aren’t your plans,     nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.Continue reading “Does God agree with you? with me?”

Putting Jesus “First”

“Put Jesus first.”  I feel like I hear this a lot.  The scripture that has informed our current sermon series, Colossians 1:15-20, supports this directive.  It says, after all, in verse 18 He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the one who is firstborn from among the dead soContinue reading “Putting Jesus “First””

The Hatefulness of not playing favorites

I’m a terrible person.  Or so I am tempted to believe as a result of a phone conversation that ended a few minutes ago. Of course, I can think of all kinds of reasons he was wrong, but all  of these reasons are playing less loudly right now than the reminder of his voice. “So,Continue reading “The Hatefulness of not playing favorites”