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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.

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.

Agreeing to Disagree in the Church

Small Historic Church photoIn every church and/or denomination there are disagreements. Sometimes the disagreements are about seemingly “small” things – the color of the new carpet for the sanctuary, whether to move the worship time earlier in the summer since the church does not have air conditioning, whether or not to place a memorial plague on the new baptism font, or what time the youth group should meet for pizza.

Calling an Audacious Community

Community I was asked recently to preach for the installation service for a PhD student at her new church in central Pennsylvania. I was happy to agree to preach at the service and enjoyed greatly seeing the affirmation of her calling and the acceptance of her by the congregation. Present were her Bishop, Synod Dean, extended family, colleagues, and her church community – both past and present.

We Can’t Always Get What We Want

Crying BabyThere are few things that I like less than being reminded that there are times in life when things do not go my way – or the way I want them to go. I heard it as a child from my parents and I found myself saying it to my son recently. Being able to hear that is hard sometimes – despite your age or life experiences. Being willing to accept that is a sign of maturity.

Blazing Colors

I grew up in the Texas Panhandle. The county I lived in had a chain link fence around and an historical marker by the first tree planted in the county – and no I am not kidding. There were no massively tall trees from centuries of growth. I grew up in a flat, hot, dry place that had its own kind of beauty – but fall was not a time for beauty.