Blessed

Texts: Genesis 9, Mark 1 This week, we enter the holy and sacred time of Lent. This time of Lent is really a time of blessing – a gift from God that pulls us out of our normal, everyday lives and thrusts us into God’s life. The very idea of being blessed means being set

ABC’s of …

I spent a lot of time in the car last week – having to drive to the hospital in another city and then traveling yet again to meet with my clergy mentor. And as I did so, I kept thinking about how we can really ramp up energy for the fall and then sustain it.

Priorities

This morning’s gospel passage is not one of those that tend to make us all warm and fuzzy inside. On the surface, it appears to offer no real “good news” at all. But that is because the gospels have this fantastic ability to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable all at the same time.

A Different Light

A Different Light…   There is a strange paradox in the church these days.  While we often use words like repentence and transformation – all words for radical change in our lives, the truth is, the church is often the LAST place that change occurs.  A friend of mine often reminds me that people come