About nine years ago, we were in the midst of one of those bitterly cold Januarys… not unlike the one we have experienced here! The snow was falling and the temperature was below zero, but I bundled up that afternoon and went to the local nursing home where I held a monthly worship service. I

Rise Up!

As we gather this morning to worship, we are looking backwards towards these strange individuals who saw a star in a sky and who let it take them to a manger in Bethlehem. They heard God speaking through that heavenly vision… maybe not in so many words, but in a language and a message that

Follow the Star

Today, we come to the end of our journey through Narnia and the Christmas season with the celebration of Epiphany.  The word Epiphany means “an appearance or manifestation” and on the twelfth day after Christmas, it is a celebration of the manifestation of God’s love in human form… and of all of those people to

Love before Knowledge

There are two things I have come to hope for on Communion Sundays: Welch’s grape juice in the cup, and Hawaiian Sweet Bread on the table.   And that’s for a couple of reasons: First, they both taste better than most other options available. Second, the Hawaiian Sweet Bread is the perfect combination of soft

Them, Too!

When I was looking at seminaries, two of my top schools were in Chicago right across the street from one another in the Hyde Park neighborhood. My mom and I went to visit and we started to imagine what life would be like if I was there. My brother, Tony, was also attending school in

In the Night

When I was in college, our chaplain encouraged us to go to this event called, “Exploration.” It was a conference for young people who felt like they were hearing a call to ministry – a place to explore what that meant for their lives. I don’t remember a single thing about the conference, except for

Your Race, Your Game

When I was in middle school, my mom and dad invited me to try out as many different sports as I could.  In 7th grade I ran track.  In 8th grade I played volleyball and tennis.  I worked on my soccer skills with the rec leagues.  I played softball in the summer. Instead of focusing