The Contract and Slender Threads of Life

The Contract and Slender Threads of Life

All the gifts of life were mine at my birth, assigned to me as I made my first appearance. It was part of a contract of life received from the great mystery of creation that each of us received in the gift of our existence. That contract was calculated as the miracle...
Faith as the Clouds

Faith as the Clouds

John Claypool once observed that the Bible is written in the language of people and events. The Bible speaks of faith in a wide variety of ways – narrative, poetry, song, parables, correspondence, prophecy, wisdom sayings, pithy stories, comedy, tragedy and fairy tale...
Making Sense of What Happens to You

Making Sense of What Happens to You

With over half a million deaths in this country alone, who has not been touched by this pandemic? The unseen lines of connection have been skewed or even severed as our once familiar communities have been crippled. In the aftermath, there’s a deep need to rebuild the...
Why Telling Your Story Builds Up Your Church

Why Telling Your Story Builds Up Your Church

Churches coming out of this past year’s sequestering should consider creating opportunities for members to share their COVID-19 stories with one another. It’s been 14 months now since many churches went into social isolation. While there have been abundant virtual...
After COVID, We All Have Stories That Needs Telling

After COVID, We All Have Stories That Needs Telling

Houses of faith are now considering a deliberate move back to in-person worship as the number of inoculations is rising. But no one believes we will simply take off our masks and step back in time to a previous way of being. We cannot simply go back to the way things...