when death and resurrection are essentially the same idea

I thought about my friend Sandee, who would pass peacefully into her own sunset a little over an hour later (probably around sundown in Minnesota), and I thanked God for the continuous witness to the resurrection that we enjoy every single day. Continue reading when death and resurrection are essentially the same idea

two huge blessings, one grateful heart

Well, that was a great week. Nicely capped off with the pleasure of taking my grandchildren to church. What completely awesome human beings they are. We are so blessed. At Wake Forest Presbyterian Church, Rebekah preached on “words.” The congregation has been challenged to find three words that best describe how God is touching their lives through our life together as the Body of Christ. … Continue reading two huge blessings, one grateful heart

The Beatitudes and the Prosperity Gospel Scam

“Great blessings belong to those who know they are spiritually in need. God’s kingdom belongs to them.” – Matthew 5:3, ERV Sunday morning at WFPC was vibrant, dynamic, challenging, inspirational, encouraging, and refreshing; it was a similar experience to stepping outside on a cool, inviting fall day – a full, fresh, invigorating, deep breath of God. Our beatitude in my discipleship class was Matthew 5:3: … Continue reading The Beatitudes and the Prosperity Gospel Scam

live oaks, solid churches, resurrection, and life!

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?” “Yes, Lord,” she told him. “I have always believed you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who has come into the world from God.” – John … Continue reading live oaks, solid churches, resurrection, and life!

peaches, tomatoes, and other farm-to-table blessings

I’ll admit to still owning the “newcomer’s view” of North Carolina. I love everything about this state. And, while I’m still capable of complaining about heat and humidity, at the same time I’m deeply grateful we’ve only been seriously hot for a couple of months – and then it will be fall in just a few short weeks. One thing I do love, love, love about … Continue reading peaches, tomatoes, and other farm-to-table blessings

tripping over Psalm 23 at six in the morning on a Monday

The Lord is my shepherd;     I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows;     he leads me beside peaceful streams.     He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths,     bringing honor to his name. – Psalm 23 Regular readers will be aware of my recurring Monday morning “TGIM” theme. But it’s really not so much “thank goodness it’s Monday” … Continue reading tripping over Psalm 23 at six in the morning on a Monday

the Lord bless you and keep you…

This week Rebekah and I are here at Stetson University for the school’s annual pastors’ conference. I’ve taken the opportunity to get some serious writing done in the library, but I did join Rebekah for the opening worship service in the beautiful chapel in Elizabeth Hall. Thirty-seven years ago, when Rebekah was a senior here, getting ready for graduate school that fall in Atlanta, she … Continue reading the Lord bless you and keep you…