February 2018: All Things New - My prayer lately has been that God might take all my fear of the unknown, all my self-doubt, and all my human self-interest and unite them with God’s own hopes and dreams.
The Season after the Epiphany - The days and weeks that follow the Day of Epiphany, up until the Lenten Season begins, are a part of ordinary time, or in terms of the liturgical calendar “The Season after the Epiphany.”
My Prayer for 2018 - My prayer for us during 2018 is that not only will we meet regularly (to worship and also in our small groups), but that we will continue to be people who are Christ’s presence and messengers of grace and hope to our community and the world.
January 2018: What Comes Next? - After the tree is taken down, the carols stop playing on the radio, and the rhythm of life returns to business as usual, we’re often left asking, “So, now what?”
Make Time and Room for Christ During Advent: December 2017 - Make sure your [holiday] preparations include making time and room for Christ during Advent, so that when “love comes down,” you know you made the better choice.
Expectant Waiting: December 2017 - I invite you this Advent to pray with and for us as we expectantly wait for God to be revealed in our lives, in our neighborhoods, and in our world.
The Garden God Designed: November 2017 - The Garden God Designed I recently had the privilege to plan and lead a celebration of life for one of my uncles in Alabama. As I gathered my thoughts and memories of my Uncle Jack, there was clearly plenty to say about him: faithful Christian, husband, father, veteran and the list went on. However, the image of gardener kept popping back into the middle of all those thoughts and accompanying emotions. Uncle Jack was an awesome gardener. Many of you are gardeners and so you probably have experienced the same kind of gratification that my Uncle Jack did as he worked the soil and then shared with others those fruits of diligent laboring (I especially loved the green beans he grew). In the Bible, we Read More
Season for Planting – 35,000 Seeds: November 2017 - Season for Planting – 35,000 Seeds My grandmother always kept a huge garden, even after moving off the East Texas farm and into the city of Dallas. She would plant as many rows of cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, beans, eggplant, squash, and onions as she could squeeze into the small backyard of a city home. Her front yard was filled with carefully tended rose bushes and flowerbeds. She had a deep love for both the beauty and practicality of gardening. I learned from my grandmother about the important work of planting and tending seeds when caring for a garden. There are weeks and sometimes months of activity that take place below the surface, unforeseen to the everyday gaze, that are vital to the sprouting, growth, and Read More
Stay Connected: October 2017 - God seeks us all, even when we disagree with one another. When God is our common desire, wonderful things happen and people’s lives are changed!
‘I Was Hungry and You Gave Me Food’: October 2017 - I Was Hungry and You Gave Me Food Food is one of those things I usually take for granted. I have vivid memories of being an insatiable teenager and staring into a fridge full of food, only to complain to my parents, “Why don’t we have anything to eat?” — which really just meant, why don’t we have anything to eat that I want right now. Even as a young adult, I frequently take for granted my freedom to mindlessly spend $10-20 on tacos and chips & queso at Fuzzy’s or a BLT at Sweetie Pie’s. I can afford to go to the grocery store anytime I want, purchasing food for meals and snacks and junk food without thinking twice. Legitimate hunger is never a Read More