Apr 13, 2014

Contemplating the Passion of Christ

Do you observe Good Friday? If you are part of a sacramental or liturgical Christian tradition, your church will probably have a service Friday night. Less formal traditions may not have official Good Friday services but may find other ways to present the story of the passion of Jesus. I...Read more +
Oct 18, 2013

Trapped Part Two: The Mercenary

In part one of this series I told you there are a lot of ministers working in churches who no longer feel a sense of calling to their vocation. With no other job skills and dependent on their income, they become trapped in their jobs. Lots of people are trapped...Read more +
Sep 6, 2013

Trapped: The Church Vocation Issue We Don't Talk About

I want to bring up something that church people don’t talk about very often. Why don’t we talk about it? I don’t know. Lots of reasons. I suspect the biggest reason is that talking about it would require us to take an honest look at the lives of our ministers...Read more +
Mar 6, 2013

Jesus is Arrested

Matthew 26:47-56
They came for Jesus with swords and clubs. You can imagine how it was when the chief priests and elders organized them. Some might have been paid. Others were told that Jesus was a bad man who needed to be stopped. The names of those involved have been lost to...Read more +
Feb 16, 2013

Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

Matthew 20:1-16
The people who lived and traveled with Jesus must have been in a state of constant confusion. That guy was so unpredictable. He was a respected religious leader, but he was born in a barn. He held himself and his followers to strict codes of moral conduct, but he was...Read more +
Aug 18, 2011

A Good Diminishing

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a...Read more +
Aug 4, 2011

An Uncomfortable Silence

In a documentary I recently saw, an Inuit child was happily romping around inside her family’s igloo. The interior temperature was just a tad above 32 degrees. She was naked. Human beings can adapt to just about any climate or circumstance. So I guess it should be no surprise that...Read more +
Jul 28, 2011

Real Peace Comes From Within

There is a flat valley between two mountain ranges just east of Creede , Colorado. The valley is about a mile wide and the Rio Grande river meanders back and forth through it. My in-laws began coming to this valley in the 1950s . They and their friends would walk...Read more +
Jul 21, 2011

How to See What's Right in Front of You

I have a friend who is 13 years older than me. When his daughter Jenny was in college, my daughters were young children. One day I asked him what he would give to have Jenny as a five-year-old again for one day. Just so she could throw herself into his...Read more +
Jul 7, 2011

Prayer in a Time of Drought

Texas is currently enduring one of the three worst droughts in our recorded history. We’ve had only one significant rainfall since February. The greens of our native South Texas plants tend toward muted and dusky olive shades anyway, but this year our world looks like one of those artsy films...Read more +