Getting past labels and first impressions

On our way out of a meeting, I struck up a conversation with the new guy.  This had been his first meeting, and I’m not sure he felt like it went all that well. He had raised a dissenting voice more than once. “I’m really not a negative person,” he said after a couple minutesContinue reading “Getting past labels and first impressions”

Blogging for Lent

Three years ago I gave up blogging for Lent. This year I am moving in the opposite direction.  it has been over a year since I have regularly posted here, so for this season of Lent, I will commit to blogging each day. Except Sundays, of course. Sunday’s aren’t counted as part of Lent. IContinue reading “Blogging for Lent”

Why do you do what you do?

Rachel regularly makes and packs a lunch for me. I don’t even have to ask her! I don’t feel like I deserve such a blessing. I don’t think Rachel makes my lunch because I deserve it; otherwise, some days when I opened the lunch bag there would be nothing, or a note that said, “Sorry,Continue reading “Why do you do what you do?”

October 2013, here we are!

One week from today is my fiftieth birthday. I’ve been thinking about this one for some time, and want to make it count for something. Here’s what I’ve come up with, and I ask for your help.  For the month of October, during which I turn 50, I have set these goals: I will readContinue reading “October 2013, here we are!”

New Year, Same Old Issues

This week I will be beginning a 6 week sermon series illustrated by the banner to the right.  Thanks to Rachel Heyduck and Mike Springer for the design. I want to let something out about this series – regarding the subtitle “The Growing Divide Between Church and Life” specifically.  The wording grew out of aContinue reading “New Year, Same Old Issues”

Gifts and the Image of God

I received what was, in a sense, my first gift from Eliza this morning. She brought home this spider yesterday from Parent’s Day Out. I have received gifts from her before; I have had three birthdays and a couple of Christmases since she was born.  But this was something that she, of her own volition, handed toContinue reading “Gifts and the Image of God”