LTSP Blogs

Hate in a Smiley Face Card

SmileyI received my first anonymous hate mail today at my school. It came in a card shaped envelope with my (misspelled) name typed on the front with my school address. Inside there was a cute smiley face card. I opened it and found a typed note – it was nasty and vile and attacked me personally. The language was ugly and it sent me spinning for a bit. I was not prepared for the reaction I had to it.


Broken GlassDespite the flurry of activity in the last few weeks, I’m still haunted by the eucharist we had at LTSP on Nov. 9 – the commemoration of Kristallnacht, “The Night of Broken Glass.” This was the night in 1938 when the Nazis showed their true colors and began their campaign of terror against the Jews in Europe.

Being Part of the 10% ... Having An Attitude of Gratitude

Healing JesusA favorite image of forgiveness to preach about this time of year is the passage in Luke 17: 12-19 of Jesus healing the ten lepers of their disease. In the text as Jesus is passing by the men cry out for him to heal them and he tells them to go show themselves to the priests. As they went they were healed. All ten are miraculously healed by Jesus but only one of them returns to give thanks for that act of compassion.

Yikes … There’s a Teenager in my House

Happy 13th Birthday!Tomorrow my son, Shelby, will turn 13. When we brought him home from a small orphanage in Yekaterinburg, Russia 12 years ago, we never could have dreamed of the young man he would and has become – especially since he cried almost the entire way on the airplane from Moscow to Zurich to Atlanta to Kansas City. We weren’t sure if this was a bad omen or not.

being spiritual but not religious

Light in the forestI have read several blogs, articles, and research data lately about the numbers of younger adults who claim the label "spiritual but not religious." Some believe the number of persons claiming this status could be as high as 1 in 5 overall and as high as 72% of Millennials (18-29 year olds). That is a significant number of younger adults claiming that status.

Saints Alive!

For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord Jesus, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord Jesus, will by no means precede those who have died. For the Lord Jesus himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call and with the sound of God’s trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ Jesus will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord Jesus in the air; and so we will be with the Lord Jesus forever. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

Time for the Church to Occupy!

Interfaith at OccupyAs I write this I am recovering from a viral inner ear infection called labrynthitis and sitting in my house with heat, electricity and cable. When I got sick I called my primary care physician and got in the next day. I received prescriptions from him and went to a local pharmacy and got them filled. My insurance paid all but $8 of the bill.

Defying Gravity - A Song that Makes Me Fly!

WickedI have an absolutely favorite song – most of you probably do. Mine is a song that I can listen to anytime, anywhere, and at any moment -- and no matter what I happening in my life it makes me smile. It is a song that takes me to a place that helps me through good times and bad.  It is a song that reminds me of being in the theater in New York City hearing it for the very first time.