November 5, 2018

Eleven people were murdered in a house of worship last week.  Several were holocaust survivors.  Let that sink in.

Saturday marked the 294th mass shooting in the US in 2018.  Americans are more likely to die from gun violence than many leading causes of death combi...

August 20, 2018

"O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away... If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there." 

-Ps. 139:1, 8 

The psalmist is clear that God knows each of...

June 18, 2018

I've had a song running through my head for a week. Does this ever happen to you? Oh, it has been interrupted several times by the song Harry Karabel wrote for our VBS kids (water - otter - ought'er; ask him about it!) but by and large, it keeps streaming. And this is...

April 29, 2018

For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.

Psalm 62:1 

Finally. The daffodils have dared to open their faces to the sun. 

Finally. The tree outside my office window has burst into bloom. 

Finally. Green buds are appearing on last year's hydrangea...

March 7, 2018

Anger, it seems, has spread like a virus. Its effects can be heard from the bombed out buildings in Syria, to the classrooms in Florida, and even on Main Street here in Indiana. Angry words are spit out at adversaries, only to be hurled back upon the sender. What follo...

February 2, 2018

Proverbs 1:2-6  For learning about wisdom and instruction, for understanding words of insight, for gaining instruction in wise dealing, righteousness, justice, and equity; to teach shrewdness to the simple, knowledge and prudence to the young-- Let the wise also h...

November 27, 2017

The day before Thanksgiving. And all through the house... the sun streams through the windows, and the trees have revealed their skeletal beauty, along with the mountains beyond. Time is precious. I write this from North Carolina's hills, waiting for more family to dri...

October 9, 2017

"The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light."

IN ONE RESPECT if in no other this metaphor of Isaiah's is a very relevant one for us and our age because we are also, God knows, a people who walk in darkness. There seems little need to explain. If darkness...

August 19, 2017

Sitting in my office, I was wondering what I was going to write about for this blog, when the obvious hit me - Charlottesville.

Isn't it funny how one minute we have no idea about or connection with a word, or place, and the next - usually because of some tragic and tra...

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