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Preaching Joy

JoyRecently I was asked by a former student how to adequately express joy in a sermon without sounding “slap-happy.” The preacher had been told by several members of her congregation that she sounded a bit sappy when she talked about the joy we can all find in our faith. They just didn’t “buy” her joy when she preached.

Hospital Time Warp

"Waiting Room" sign I am not a patient person. I fully admit that fact. I am anxious for things to happen. I work on a schedule and plan ahead. So I always take something with me to grade, read, play with, or otherwise keep my brain, hands and spirit engaged. Normal time lapses do not make me too crazy.

Far Away Me: Caring for Parents at a Distance

A map showing distanceI am a Tweener – I was born in 1962 so I am not a true Baby Boomer (according to some lists) and I am on the edge of the Baby Buster (Generation X) years. I have some lifestyle similarities with both groups but definitely claim the Gen X (more Buster than Boomerang) label more than the Boomers.

Creating a World According to Micah 6:8

Creating a WorldWhen I was growing up – I learned a passage from Micah from my grandfather. The passage has been important to me ever since then. This passage is the core of my faith. I recite it often. I used it as the basis of my final Credo Paper for my Master of Divinity degree at Saint Paul School of Theology.

Saying Goodbye to Granny P

Granny P

I am traveling with my family this week to the funeral of my son's great grandmother, Granny P.  She was 93 when she passed away and had been in an assisted living facility for some years due to Alzheimer's Disease.  The last few times we visited she did not really respond to us, but my son was convinced she smiled at him.

Women Need to Tell Our Stories

Women of StrengthI grew up in Texas, which is an extremely oral culture. We tell stories. We tell little stories about the people who used to live in the house on the corner or the football game when we won the state championship.

Surviving the Storm ...

Hymnal from a church destroyed by a tornadoThe image to the right is of a hymnal from a United Methodist Church destroyed in a tornado on February 29, 2012 in Harveyville, Kansas. The hymnal survived.  It was found in the midst of absolute ruin.  It was beaten and battered – but it survived.

When Will It End?

Stop Gun ViolenceToday I awoke like everyone else to hear about another school shooting. This one was in Chardon, Ohio where two students died and three others were injured by a classmate who opened fire in the school cafeteria. It has been an all too common thread in our society – mass shootings at school, in church, at home, and in the workplace.

40 Days of Looking at Ourselves

Lent Begins"In many cultures there is an ancient custom of giving a tenth of each year’s income to some holy use. For Christians, to observe the forty days of lent is to do the same thing with roughly a tenth of each year’s days. After being baptized by John in the river Jordan, Jesus went off alone into the wilderness where he spent forty days asking himself the question what it meant to be Jesus.

I Am NOT Old!

If oyu haven't grown up by 50...I went to get my eyes checked this week and had to list my age, allergies, and current prescriptions on the patient information page. (Five meds I take daily.) I had to list my allergies to medications. (I had a couple. Namely, penicillin.) And I had to do a glaucoma and cataracts test. (Good for now.)