Holy Humor and Humility
Posted on Jan 8, 2020 in Pastor's Pen
Many church folks don’t realize that the book of Genesis provides two creation stories. The first describes what God did on day 1, then on day 2, etc.
God With Us
Posted on Dec 10, 2019 in Pastor's Pen
Incarnation is one of those churchy words we hear at this time of year. “Jesus is the incarnation of God,” the preacher may say. An …
Gratitude and Giving Thanks
Posted on Nov 4, 2019 in Pastor's Pen
A study a few years ago attempted to measure Americans’ sense of gratitude. It found that Americans see their individual selves as increasingly grateful, while …
Preach the gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.
Posted on Oct 7, 2019 in Pastor's Pen
Many church-going folks have heard these words, which are commonly attributed to St. Francis of Assisi. (Sources with very different points of view agree that …
Immigrants and Our Faith
Posted on Sep 11, 2019 in Pastor's Pen
Cultural attitudes and government policies have impacted immigrants to the United States for our entire history
Commodities and Covenants
Posted on Jul 10, 2019 in Pastor's Pen
A few decades ago I knew a gentleman (I’ll call him Les) who earned his living as a commodities trader. He bought and sold agricultural …
Bottomless Wells . . .
Posted on Jun 25, 2019 in Pastor's Pen
What is my faith apart from my concepts about God, Jesus, church, and life after death? That’s the question that caused a spiritual earthquake for …
Growing Our Faith
Posted on May 26, 2019 in Pastor's Pen
The apostle Paul asserted when writing to the Christians in Corinth that “When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, reason …
Jesus – Afraid?
Posted on Apr 9, 2019 in Pastor's Pen
Books and articles about the emotions of Jesus fascinate me. They make interesting links between scripture passages on the one hand, and how we understand …
Posted on Mar 25, 2019 in Pastor's Pen
Lent is the time during the church year when Christians historically have subjected themselves to more rigorous spiritual discipline. As a youngster, I recall attending …