Sabbatical Begins

books

I have been looking forward to my sabbatical. The rest and recalibration has been necessary, but I have also been looking forward to spending some dedicated time with friends and colleagues about what life-long faith is really about. Along with interviews I will be making along the way, to go towards a podcast that I […]

A Eulogy for a Friend

Lindsay

Though today is a day churning with a myriad of emotions, it is also a day that we recognize a beloved child of God and the ways she touched our lives. This is really what embracing each moment is all about, the realization that nothing is completely one thing or another – either all bad or all good. Life, the true gift of life, resonates in the tension of both/and.

All the Days of My Life

calm lake

How does the Spirit work like that? With such gentleness and calm, no matter how the whirlwind may rage, to guide us to the space we need to breathe. To be.

Taking Children’s Church Home

kid's altar

Preparing for the Fall Kick-off season just wasn’t the same this year. So much is in the air; particularly, when it comes to whether we are meeting in person or not. I knew that because my congregation was not meeting for in-person worship together during these fall months, I still needed to find a way […]

Blessings Abound

Like many congregations, we offer backpack blessings at the beginning of each new school year. This year, as I was talking to my pastor about what those would look like, he offered an idea that we could write blessings for each other. The idea quickly evolved from there and we decided to hand out tags […]

Sent in Love

sent in love

Sermon on John 13:31-35 You can listen to it HERE. One of my favorite authors is Neil Gaiman. He is world-renowned, heavily awarded, and very invested in his fans. He regularly communicates with them through interviews, websites, blogs, Q&As, etc. In one of these “Ask Neil” moments, he shares a story about a time he […]

Love Big: A Review and An Idea

Last night, or should I say, in the wee hours of the morning, I did as I do when I can’t sleep and I read an entire book. It was a book well worth the immersion because it sparked an idea that I can’t wait to get started on. First, the book and my review: […]

Celebrate the Light 2

stars in galaxy

They set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. Matthew 2:9  When I think about those wise ones who followed the star, I think about leadership. The best teachers are life-long learners. The best leaders know […]

Celebrate the Light 1

candle burning

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. John 1:5I’ve been finding myself taking a lot of night walks lately. Many people would think that’s crazy, especially with the weather in Idaho as cold as it’s been. I will admit, by the time I get to the end of my […]