God’s Blessing

“Maybe there is someone who was born into a family in which the parents and the children have never had any problems at all: no friction, no tension, no arguments, no disappointments, no [...]


“It was very effective.  Like some of you, I went to see the performance of Getting Away With Murder at the Westmoreland Players.  I didn’t know anything about the play before it started, [...]

Esau, Jacob and the “10-10-10” rule

“What do you do when you have a tough decision to make?  My #1 favorite thing to do in those situations is to use the 10-10-10 rule, which has helped me find clarity every single time I’ve [...]


“Abbot Lot came to Abbot Joseph and said: Father, according as I am able, I keep my little rule, and my little fast, my prayer, meditation and contemplative silence; and according as I am [...]

A Mother’s Milk

“I have been a church nerd my entire life. Over the years I’ve read and studied scripture quite a bit, and I’ve even read the Bible cover to cover a couple of times. One of the things that [...]

Hagar and the Well

“I thank God that you are here.  People have a wide variety of reasons for coming to church, from the very noble and spiritual to the very basic and mundane.  To me, though, it doesn’t [...]

Out of the Womb

“I love my kids.  I love being around them to experience their quirky senses of humor, to hear their views on the world.  I like seeing the ways in which they are bright and creative and [...]

Free gifts, Transactional gifts and Emotional debt gifts

“God gives us free gifts.  There are some people who would point out that the phrase “free gift” is redundant, and they’ve got a valid point.  I use the phrase anyway, though, as a way of [...]

Who has sinned?

We can ask, “Who sinned?”  Or we can ask, “Where can God’s works be revealed?” A mosquito is in the path of a hungry lizard.  The lizard eats it.  It’s painful for the mosquito, obviously.  But [...]

Everybody loves me. Some people just don’t know it yet (women in ministry).

“Clergy are encouraged to keep learning new things by doing continuing education, and rightly so.  There are a wide variety of classes, conferences, and other educational programs clergy [...]

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