A Dangerous Place

 “The wilderness is a dangerous place. You only go there if you have to.” Those two key phrases are from the Godly Play Sunday School curriculum for young children. They are repeated throughout lessons about wilderness in our scripture – … Continue reading

Shaken to the Core

“We turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking, only to learn that it is God who is shaking them.” – Charles West, Princeton Theological Seminary Last year, I had the privilege of preaching to you on Palm … Continue reading

Love Trumps Hate

To the man who yelled, “The president still loves you!” at me today upon seeing my “Love Trumps Hate” bumper sticker: Because you hollered at me from your car as you were driving away, I gather that you did not … Continue reading

Between Heaven and Earth

The Buddhist nun, Pema Chödrön tells the story of a woman being chased by tigers. She gets to the edge of a cliff as the tigers close in on her. She looks over the cliff and luckily discovers a vine … Continue reading

In through the Back Door

Gates open and the procession begins. Thousands line the street, throwing flowers and laurels, waving madly, reaching to touch power as it passes them. Security guards watch the crowd for dissidents, agitators, and zealots, intent on doing harm. The man … Continue reading

Birthing Peace

Two days ago, in Paris, eight terrorists armed themselves with rifles, and went to nightclubs, restaurants, a concert, and a soccer game, where they shot dozens of innocent people at random. They then triggered explosives strapped to their bodies, blowing … Continue reading

What gives us life?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what gives me life. In the book, Sleeping with Bread, the authors explain the title with a familiar story from World War II. The massive bombings in England during the war left many … Continue reading

Invasion of the Mustard Plants!

When we moved into our Ginter Park home fourteen years ago, I had grand plans. The back yard was huge by city standards, perfect for our young son and this aspiring gardener. I had a vision of all the children … Continue reading