The first powerful tool for ministry is to use your whole self, your background, you compassion, your passions to proclaim the good news.
It is Spring Time. We have light! That means I have the “opportunity” to work in the yard. There are trees to prune, weeds to pull, and pick up fallen fruit from the ground. I prefer to pull weeds with ungloved hands, digging in with my fingers, so as to feel the roots. And, when … Continue reading Clean My Heart!
There was a time when David and I would argue something fierce. So, we got married. Even now, when we argue, I want to have the last word, because that means I am right. Despite my ego, however, I’ve learned that, sometimes, he is right. And, when I’m at my best, instead of feeling like … Continue reading In the Stars, a sermon
I was a folk song singing whirlwind when I grew up. I loved the songs "If I had a Hammer," "Blowing in the Wind," and "One Tin Soldier." I love the scriptures, like Isaiah 2, which poetically describe a peace yet to come. So it was hard for me to watch Scorsese's documentary film on Dylan. I … Continue reading Signs of Hope
The first thing of note in Jesus' parable (Luke 16: 1- 13, at the end of the blog) is Jesus has given the rich man the last word. The rich man gets the final word, but the manager carries the story. The manager is first cast in light of the Prodigal son whose story, not by accident, … Continue reading When you have lost
Have you ever tried to be good believing that if you caused no trouble, did all your chores, smiled enough, and obeyed God’s law that all would be well? And, then it wasn’t. When we get to the sixth chapter of Daniel, the Jews in exile have been beaten up by the conqueror’s tide. They … Continue reading And Yet…
Oh sh…. That’s what came into my mind as the four young children entered the office last night around 5 p.m. asking if Pastor Heather could come out to play. I really wanted to hang out with the musicians in the office, preparing for the Praise Rally on Saturday. Or make phone calls to some … Continue reading Here they come!
Heartburn…today is not about the kind of burn you get after visiting a Popeyes. It is about how it feels to be near the Creator, to know that truth is being told, and it is a truth that brings you great joy. Jesus is not dead but is alive. Why do you look for the … Continue reading Holy Heart Burn
Luke 23:43 You may have heard the term criminal used of the two who hang next to Jesus, but the Greek word, kakourgos is much more condemning. We aren’t talking about someone who makes a mistake or was caught stealing to pay for their drug habit. They are not first offenders nor does Luke suggest … Continue reading Today, you will be with me in Paradise