Spending Time Apart
In two short months, Tim and I will be setting off on our sabbatical. I’ll be gone for four months. Why a sabbatical? The simple answer is this: to proactively protect and care for the pastor in hopes of increasing his longevity in ministry and at our church.
Resurrection: Beyond the Tomb
We have emerged from the contemplative and repenting season of Lent into the season of resurrection. Creation reminds us of this transition every day as we witness life re-emerging from the lockdown of winter.
Bricks and Souls
An old – and wise – adage is that a church consists of the people and not the building where the people meet. The church is made up of souls, not bricks and mortar. So true!
The Summer of ‘YES!’
What if, instead of running away from that still, small voice, you said, “Yes”? What’s the worst that could happen?
Where God Resides
On Pentecost, the holy day that we will celebrate May 24, fire from heaven descended, not on a building, but on people! They were baptized and received the Spirit. The Apostle Paul understood this. He wrote more than once that “You are that Temple!” That’s right. YOU are the Temple. You are walking around with God living inside of you, the spark of divinity lodged deep in your soul. That knowledge should add a little spring to everyone’s step!
Take Up the Cross and Live
We had a hard Lent this year. We suffered death, family strife, problems on the job, sickness, accidents and depression. Some might call such afflictions our “cross to bear.” I don’t think they are.
Lent 2015: Jesus Is …
This year our Lenten theme is “Jesus Is…” Each day through worship, special events, mission projects and an online devotional, we will contemplate different aspects of the divine and human man who leads our spiritual lives.
A Time for Anticipation
It’s no secret that I would celebrate Christmas year-round if I could get away with it. There’s something about the shift in attitude, the expanded spirit of giving and the warm memories that I would like to start earlier and make last longer.
Making the Most of Mission
Our church always amazes me in its ability to care for the people Jesus called “the least of these.” However, the Board of Deacons has discussed the possibility of making our mission efforts more focused on one area of need, such as feeding the hungry. Rather than spreading our energy, money and time too thinly over many different things, we instead would concentrate our efforts and have a larger impact on one area of need. What do you think?
Hope is in Our Midst
This summer has had its share of heavy news … Where is the hope? Where is the better world to which God calls us?
Looking for Thin Places
“Thin places” are “places on Earth ‘where the veil between this world and the other world is thin.’ Thin places call to you and draw you in and you realize that in that moment – in that place – there is little division between the holy and the ordinary.”
Open Arms and a Bold Voice
We are forming a new community right here in Ogden. We are forming a community in which all are invited to join us in worshiping the God of love and in spreading that love by way works of mission and justice for those who occupy the margins of our society.
The Next Step on the Way
Christ is risen! (Christ is risen indeed!) So, what now?
At One, As One
As the contemplative season of Lent approaches its end and we prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Christ on Easter, let us not forget that awful and glorious moment in-between …
Transformation and Resurrection
Christianity is a faith of transformation. Our very existence as a faith tradition springs from the Resurrection – the transformation of Jesus to Christ. The Resurrection transformed a small, rag-tag band of one rabbi’s followers into a lasting and meaningful church. The Resurrection transforms us, too, in this day and age.
Transformation Through Discernment
The Christian life is one of transformation as we strive to answer God’s call to move toward that which is best for us and the world.