when death helps explain life

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” – John 11:25-26 A couple of days ago I posted a few thoughts in response to the death of my friend (and small-group member) Don – “If God is for us: in life and in … Continue reading when death helps explain life

hope for the future of the church…

After our grandson’s “graduation” from preschool, I stayed in Richmond overnight for a couple of reasons. First, of course, the opportunity to spend a few extra hours with my awesome daughter, Naomi, her wonderful husband, Craig, and their two – how did I put it yesterday? – exuberant vessels of promise and light (aka David and Beks). Then, I hung around an extra day so I … Continue reading hope for the future of the church…

“Your Renewal is Enclosed”

When I first started writing (it was short meditations for our young families class in Pensacola), I focused a lot on how God speaks through the ordinary, run-of-the-mill, normal stuff of everyday life. It seemed as if God was present and active all the time, and all we had to do was to open our eyes. I still think about – experience – my faith … Continue reading “Your Renewal is Enclosed”

“Jesus came for all the ornaments…”

Elements of this story have been kicking around for years; not only is it one of my favorites, but it gets updated every Advent. This year’s twist may be one of the best. The story started somewhere around 2005, when my friend Tim brought home an endearingly freakish Christmas tree ornament from a gift exchange (the handcrafted Rudolph was wearing a tutu, and draped with a … Continue reading “Jesus came for all the ornaments…”