Posts written by Ben

“O God of Love, O King of Peace,”

“O God of Love, O King of Peace,” ELW 749 O God of love, O King of peace, make wars throughout the world to cease; our greed and sinful wrath restrain. Give peace, O God, give peace again. Remember, Lord, your works of old, the… Continue reading

Heaven in the Here and Now

Heaven in the Here and Now by Joni “But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names… Continue reading

Matthew 21: 33-46

Matthew 21: 33-46   Builders look, if not for a perfect fit at least an easy fit. Building with stones of uneven sizes requires some imagination or vision to find the right stone for the right spot in the wall. The Lord chose a cornerstone… Continue reading

A Long Obedience

A Long Obedience by Joni   “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 When Ken and I drive north from Los Angeles to visit his relatives… Continue reading

Matthew 21: 33-46

Matthew 21: 33-46   In the days of Jesus the purpose of God’s vineyard had been rationalized away. The righteously religious had replaced the intent of God’s covenant promises with nationalistic pride, self-interest and self-justifying traditions.   How long does it take to develop such… Continue reading


Freedom by Joni   “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17 Jesus never said to His disciples, “Obey my rules.” Instead, He told His followers to “Obey me.” And because the Lord… Continue reading

Philippians 3: 4b-14

Philippians 3: 4b-14   We’ve all heard the saying, “You can’t take it with you.” Yet many of us perhaps live as though we don’t quite believe it. Even for those in the church the temptation to accumulate material things plagues our society. But I’m… Continue reading

Cisterns and Springs

Cisterns and Springs by Joni   “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” Jeremiah 2:13 Jesus said that rivers of living water would flow out… Continue reading

Psalm 80: 7-15

Psalm 80: 7-15   In our neighborhood an apartment building is going up intended for a mix of young “getting started” adults and empty nesters. Right now it’s just four walls with holes for doors and windows, but when finished the foundation and walls will… Continue reading

Stop and Listen

Stop and Listen by Joni   “A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.” Proverbs 17:27 It happens all the time. You get together with a friend, or someone you haven’t seen in a while, and before you… Continue reading