February 1, 2019

February is a very unique and remarkable month with all kinds of events and characteristics that set it apart.  For one, it is the shortest month of the year with only 28 days, or sometimes 29, but not this year.  And yet with the cold and snow and darkness it often se...

December 16, 2018

Christmas is such a massive cultural experience in our nation, and we have developed a very pervasive image of the ideal, perfect Christmas.  This image is made up of a combination of things -- certainly the Christmas stories written by Charles Dickens in the 19th cent...

October 29, 2018

I think many of us are still processing the new reality that our church is in a time of change. The announcement that pastors Mark and Toby will be leaving our congregation is a time for looking back at what has been accomplished in the nearly three years that they hav...

September 9, 2018

Although there are still warm days to come, the year has certainly turned to autumn. Interestingly, no one really knows where the word "autumn" came from. It is a very old word. It was used by Chaucer in the 1300's and later by Shakespeare, but its origin is lost in th...

July 23, 2018

One of the great blessings of summertime is that it sometimes brings a slower pace of life and an immersion in the beauties of God's world, both of which provide an opportunity to think more deeply about our connection to God. Recently, I have become aware that I have...

June 3, 2018

Michael and I have recently returned from an incredible journey in and around the Hawaiian Islands. It was our first experience in the 50th state and what an amazing bit of grandeur it is, excelling in both largeness and smallness! First of course there is the Pacific...

February 25, 2018

The forty day period of Lent is traditionally a time when we strengthen our spiritual lives so that we are more able to experience the joy of Easter Day.  It used to be a time when people made extreme sacrifices.  Christians would give up some pleasant aspect of their...

January 5, 2018

The season of Epiphany begins this week -- the season of light.  In the Eastern Orthodox church the day of Epiphany, January 6, is celebrated as Christmas day.   We also know Epiphany as the Twelfth day of Christmas -- the day that all those Lords a-leaping, ladies dan...

December 9, 2017

While we are still finishing the leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner, we entered the season of Advent this past Sunday. Advent is a time of spiritual preparation for the coming of Christ, which we celebrate at Christmas.

Since no one knows for sure what time of the year...

October 20, 2017

One of the great contemporary Christian writers is Juan Carlos Ortiz.  He is a preacher with an interesting and rather bombastic style.  Originally from Argentina he came to the US and became the pastor to the Latino congregation at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grov...

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