fight the fight, continue the race, keep the faith

When someone’s life comes to an end, young or not so young, there is always an invitation for deep reflection. Death is poignant, and at the same time full with assurance and promise because of the faithfulness of God’s love, and what that faithfulness sparks in us. It’s interesting how things work in harmony, separate events strung together by a thread or two of faith. … Continue reading fight the fight, continue the race, keep the faith

let’s not waste this opportunity to live!

 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. – John 10:10 I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of. – John 10:10 (The Message) Looking back, my past few posts have been fairly heavy. Important, yes, and always pointing to light, … Continue reading let’s not waste this opportunity to live!

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

purpose, and the alchemy of tragedy…

I may have said this before – oh, about a bazillion times over the past month – but what an amazingly beautiful day it is here in Wake Forest, North Carolina! The sky is the perfect Carolina blue; everything is fresh, clear, and clean after the long rains; the temperatures are perfect for lingering on the deck with one more cup of coffee; the birds are … Continue reading purpose, and the alchemy of tragedy…

listening at funerals

Friday morning Rebekah and I drove over to Chapel Hill to attend a funeral service for the mother of a church friend. The mass was held in the beautifully designed sanctuary at the Catholic Community of St. Thomas More. The front of the church featured a huge bank of tall windows, effectively connecting us with the trees and the sky, flooding the space with natural light, and pulling … Continue reading listening at funerals

Homecoming of a Saint

If you missed this afternoon’s “Celebration of Life” memorial service for our great friend Roy Crenshaw, then you missed an opportunity not only to pay tribute to an extraordinary human being, but to learn something vitally important about what it means to walk with God. I’ve already written a detailed post about Roy’s life (Tribute to A Life Well-Lived), so this weekend I simply want … Continue reading Homecoming of a Saint

Eulogy, and the simple witness of good people living faith out loud

Yesterday afternoon a huge crowd of people completely filled up the sanctuary at the Church of the Trinity in Sarasota for my brother Geoff’s memorial service. It was a beautiful day, clear, bright and breezy, with a spirit of celebration animating the proceedings. This was an affirmation of life, and faith, and the promise of God’s eternal covenant. It was grief and sadness overlaid with thanksgiving … Continue reading Eulogy, and the simple witness of good people living faith out loud