January 13, 2022

Within the past-present-future bubble, all three have given us and will provide us with life-changing events, but it is the past that Jesus brings to our attention in the guise of a single man who has had leprosy and asks, if possible, to be cured by Jesus. You see, he has suffered in the past, […]

December 27, 2021

We run to stores, appointments, meetings, and the department store with coupons in hand. Then there are the actual physical runners who put on their prescribed set of miles each day. As the weeks and months go by, that could be a lot of people running. In all this running, it may seem that people […]

December 20, 2021

Headline News. We live in mysteries. In childhood, we believed in Santa, the Easter bunny, and the tooth fairy. No questions asked; but how did those toys get distributed by one Santa who traveled in a sleigh in one night around the world. Or the distribution of eggs and candy by a certain bunny, and […]

November 22, 2021

The Envelope. When the mail arrived, she spent the morning going through paper requests to save the whales, the rainforests, the elephants, and the wooly mammoth. Then there were the human elements of helping war veterans, victims of natural disasters, victims of war-torn countries, and on and on it went. She read the brochures enlisting […]

November 15, 2021

There’s a lot of noise in our world — so many dissonant voices squawking like geese on a pond. We sometimes can’t hear what is being said, or we don’t want to listen to the noise of so many messages. But indeed, some voices must be heard in that crowd that cry out for attention. […]

October 25, 2021

Renouncing the status quo. What have we inadvertently accepted as the norm? The status quo or the existing state of things today has some merit. So, if we agree that hungry people need to be fed, clothed, and housed; wear clothes in public; children be protected; shirt, tie, and a jacket is standard business wear, […]

October 18, 2021

Traveling orders: “I am sending you like lambs among wolves.” Oh, yes! Sign me up for this! But signing up is exactly what we are expected to do, and once the crowd knows who we are and what we stand for, be sure that they will come after us, chiding and name-calling and casting aspersions […]

September 27, 2021

We speak of virtues as individual, isolated qualities. This week, I will work on being patient, and next week I will overcome pride. By the end of the year, I will become a perfect person — whatever that means. Well, we know it doesn’t work that way. Best to consider all the virtues as separate […]

September 20, 2021

Day and night have always fascinated the human species. At first, the transitions were problematic. Daytime had its threats and rewards, whereas nighttime was dreadful. Not seeing what was out there and knowing what was there was reason enough to stay sheltered for the night. Then came the discovery of fire and its usefulness and […]

August 23, 2021

If anything would rankle Jesus, it was the hypocrisy of the Scribes and Pharisees. Their approach to their beliefs and prescribed ways of worship does more harm than good for the benefit of no one but themselves. Perhaps we ourselves have had our pharisaic moments holding our personal belief system up for others to acknowledge […]