junk vs gourmet – in food and life #foodie

“Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength?     Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me…” – Isaiah 55 This post picks up on my latest column for Wake Forest Today. It was published Thursday and, as often happens, I took a look today and found – even though I’d written it myself – a paragraph that challenged … Continue reading junk vs gourmet – in food and life #foodie

a spring of living water gushing up (the invitational life)

Jesus – “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” – John 4:10 John’s account of the meeting between Jesus and the “Woman at the Well” is one of my absolute favorite stories in the New Testament. I love the way Jesus trashes the prohibitions and peremptory judgments … Continue reading a spring of living water gushing up (the invitational life)

Wake up and taste the hummus!

Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus, “Rabbi, eat something.” But Jesus replied, “I have a kind of food you know nothing about.” “Did someone bring him food while we were gone?” the disciples asked each other. Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work. You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I … Continue reading Wake up and taste the hummus!

the bread of life; hunger; and abundance

Like many churches, here at Wake Forest Presbyterian it’s our tradition to serve communion the first Sunday of each month. I’m glad that we do, because it means we’re celebrating the Lord’s Supper with our friends back in Brandon, too, along with thousands more of our brothers and sisters throughout the world. Rebekah’s message this past weekend came from her teaching series on The Lord’s Prayer, and the focus was … Continue reading the bread of life; hunger; and abundance

bird-watching and deep hunger

Aren’t two sparrows sold for a small coin? But not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father knowing about it already. Even the hairs of your head are all counted. Don’t be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows. (Matt 10:29-31) Rebekah and I spent a lot of time watching the birds yesterday. The snowy sub-freezing day was the perfect opportunity to … Continue reading bird-watching and deep hunger

the day I was taken to school by the homeless…

There’s an interesting place at the junction of North Blount and East Lane streets in Raleigh, North Carolina. It’s not really an official park, but there is access for vehicles, along with trees, picnic tables, and trash cans. It’s not a pretty location. It sits near a series of derelict homes waiting for renovation, or removal, or demolition – some kind of hope. It’s bordered … Continue reading the day I was taken to school by the homeless…

thankful for home sweet home

” Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7). Today’s gratitude is for the wonderful gift of a secure, safe, … Continue reading thankful for home sweet home

Pinterest, the new baby, poverty, photography, and lots of hope

I‘m trying hard this morning not to make this post look like a page from “Pinterest.” Seriously, folks, I’m not about to turn into one of those “how to” or “follow these simple steps” arts and crafts bloggers. Rebekah’s doing something super-cool for Naomi and Craig’s new baby; I’m writing about it; end of story. Essentially, Rebekah and our daughter, Naomi, were talking about the … Continue reading Pinterest, the new baby, poverty, photography, and lots of hope