Nuanced: Through the keyhole

Nuanced: Through the keyhole

Looking back at themes over the past several months, I noticed that we began 2022 in a conversation about the political divide in our country. For example, in my January 9 article, I wrote about the anniversary of the January 6 attack on the U.S. capital. But the most...
Paradox: Stone of help

Paradox: Stone of help

Over the past two months, we’ve focused on ways to become more aware of ourselves. Listening to our bodies makes it possible for us to try softer. We try softer by giving ourselves enough grace to find balance in a world of competing pressures. Trying softer...
Coming Up in Worship

Coming Up in Worship

It’s tempting to declare that we’re beginning a new series on the first Sunday in July. It’s tempting for many reasons, so why not just call our next several Sundays by a catchy title and announce a “new” topic? And I love new beginnings....
My bad: Your worst critic

My bad: Your worst critic

Last week I wrote about the importance of giving negative emotions enough space. Positivity, in this case, is highly overrated and can be toxic. But this week, I’m back on the positivity train again. That’s because this week, we’re not talking about...
Hot mess: Jesus wept

Hot mess: Jesus wept

Are you a positive person? For me, my attitude varies with the day. For example, one morning this week, I received a text from our farm manager Matt. He wanted to let me know about the latest theft and vandalism incident on our farm the night before. These acts of...
God-art: This is my body

God-art: This is my body

Millions, perhaps hundreds of millions, of persons pray for peace in Ukraine. Yet, peace seems elusive. The same can be said for countless other circumstances bringing pain, suffering, and death from no more mass shootings to cures for cancer to an end to COVID. Why,...