Random Musings: The Responsibility of Blessing

June 20, 2021 “If you are healthy, wealthy, and wise, you are blessed!”  “I am a favored child of God, just look how God has blessed me!” These statements are common remarks made by adherents to the prosperity gospel; the implications being if you AREN’T blessed in these ways, obviously God doesn’t like you so much.  Continue reading “Random Musings: The Responsibility of Blessing”

Random Musings: Lessons of the Four-Way Stop

June 6, 2021 I love the way God teaches, corrects, transforms, and affirms our lives through the unending osmosis between the holy and the human if we will only pay attention and get with the program in this thing called life.   Why? Because I believe these teachings, which often come in the most benign ofContinue reading “Random Musings: Lessons of the Four-Way Stop”

Random Musings: What if We Took God Seriously?

May 23, 2021 This last year and a half has been a time of pandemic insomnia and consequent random musings.  For this news junkie, my musings have been informed by the pervasive questions of: “Where is God in the Midst of All This?” “Why, if we claim to believe in God, why don’t we takeContinue reading “Random Musings: What if We Took God Seriously?”

Random Musings: ‘Wrapping our Minds Around God

May 9, 2021 Today I am going to begin a new blog series called Random Musings: Matters of faith that I am seeking after as I continue to ask questions, seek answers, and deepen in my own faith. Yes, I am a pastor, though now retired.   Yes, I have both a master’s in divinity andContinue reading “Random Musings: ‘Wrapping our Minds Around God”

Uncle Walt, Stone Soup, Loaves and Fishes

April 18, 2021 Children are my favorite humans.  Children see the world through the lens of endless possibilities. They see no reason why the things they dream cannot become reality.  For a child, the world of pretend isn’t a figment of her imagination to grow out of; it is the world as he knows it canContinue reading “Uncle Walt, Stone Soup, Loaves and Fishes”

Peter’s Lesson in the Midst of Messiness

April 11, 2021 Don’t know about you, but of all Jesus’ disciples, I think Peter is my favorite.   As one of the three disciples Jesus chose as His apparent inner circle (the other two being James and John), Peter was always present with the Lord in His most profound and intimate moments.  At one point, dependingContinue reading “Peter’s Lesson in the Midst of Messiness”

Reflections of an April Fool

So often during this past year, I have heard people angst over feelings of abandonment: abandonment by friends and family, by their employers and co-workers, by political leaders, by the world at large. What is already overwhelming abandonment, despair, and loss is often compounded by a devastating sense of abandonment by God….if there even isContinue reading “Reflections of an April Fool”

Lent: The Holy Spirit and the Chaos of the Cat

March 21, 2021 With all the recent upset over some of Dr. Seuss’ books, I decided to look at some of the Seuss books I own and see what I thought.   I happened across The Cat in the Hat – not one of my favorites, but a ‘have to have’ for children and grandchildren, so…I have it.  Continue reading “Lent: The Holy Spirit and the Chaos of the Cat”

Lent: The Holy Spirit and Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood

March 14, 2021 The greatest commandments are: Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength – and love your neighbor as yourself.  (Mark 12:29-31) Love God.  Love everyone.  Sounds simple, doesn’t it?   But what happens when things don’t go according to our carefully laid out plans?  How do we continue to love God when the Almighty goesContinue reading “Lent: The Holy Spirit and Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood”