Monthly Archives: September 2012

Isaiah 35:4-7a

Isaiah 35:4-7a While I was in the hospital I rcently met a woman whose life and dreams had been dashed to bits. When she lost her daughter to cancer, it was as if her heart was cracked wide open. She wandered around in a desert… Continue reading

Gather Us In

Gather Us In A hymn for me has to have two things: a tune that I do not get tired of and great words that I can use my imagination to relate to. “Gather Us In” for me fits both criteria. It acknowledges God’s presence… Continue reading


sorry i misses yesterday. I had a stroke, Im in hospital

Mark 9:38-50

Mark 9:38-50 If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off.” Can you imagine what a great sense of humor Jesus has? Imagine yourself with a millstone around your neck, drowning—with no hands, no feet and blind! That would be reality if you took… Continue reading

Mark 9:38-50

Mark 9:38-50 Whoever is not against us is for us. We as human beings tend to separate into groups—”us versus them” in politics, among Christians and among nations. Jesus brought people together. Even when people wanted to be separate, he always kept the door open.… Continue reading

James 5:13-20

James 5:13-20 Are any among you suffering? They should pray … Are any among you sick? The first several times I read this passage, I read it as if the author was telling us, “pray and you will be healed.” Though we continue to pray… Continue reading


THE MOST FUNCTIONAL ENGLISH WORD Well, it’s shit… that’s right, shit! Shit may just be the most functional word in the English language. Consider: You can get shit-faced, Be shit-out-of-luck, Or have shit for brains. With a little effort, you can get your shit together,… Continue reading

Psalm 19:7-14

Psalm 19:7-14 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure making the wise simple. This Psalm has a very high estimation of the law. The law is God’s gift to humanity. But we, God’s children, cannot… Continue reading

Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29

Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29 The rabble among them had a strong craving … but now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at. God provided the people of Israel with all they needed to survive with… Continue reading

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty Years ago, when I was serving a small two-point parish, I got invited to attend a meeting at our church-wide headquarters in Chicago. At dinner that night, I proudly told my three daughters that I had been invited to… Continue reading