Messages & Audio Teachings

Peace: The fear of home

Peace: The fear of home

Are you a Flintstone? I love this play on words, even though I realize it doesn't apply to me. I have no claim to being a Flintstone unless I pass some time test after living here for over ten years. Some say that Flintstones are persons who were born in Flint. I...

Time to go home: A search for normal

Time to go home: A search for normal

The pandemic has proven pervasive and invasive. Michigan is again at or near the top of new COVID cases. A lack of cooperation, absurd conspiracy theories and outright lies conspire to thwart the efforts of our health professionals to protect us. And we’re faced with...

Urgency: Such a time as this1

Urgency: Such a time as this1

I have a round wooden token on my desk that I received while attending a seminar. It was at least 20 years ago, and I've long forgotten the subject matter. The token has the words printed on one side: "Round Tuit." Reasonable guesses as to the theme of the seminar...

Purpose: Next steps1

Purpose: Next steps1

Meryl Feinstein grew up surrounded by expectations reinforced by her parents, her school, and others. The expectations were straightforward. Meryl was expected to go to college and get a job. So explaining to a Washington Post journalist how she managed to start her...

Revolutionaries: Compassion to action1

Revolutionaries: Compassion to action1

The Republic of Madagascar sits in the Indian Ocean, approximately 250 miles off the coast of East Africa. The residents of this island nation are experiencing a climate-change-induced famine that might have gone unnoticed were it not for journalists and concerned...

Trust: Braving the cost of trust1

Trust: Braving the cost of trust1

According to the dictionary Google uses, the word "trust" means a "firm belief in the character, strength, or truth of someone or something." Not to be confused with a "Living Trust," which legally binds others to your wishes when you're not around to check on them....

Hope-filled: God gives us hope1

Hope-filled: God gives us hope1

What do you hope for? Recently, the answer to this question for a lot of us goes something like “I just want to feel normal again.” But, unfortunately, the pandemic interrupted life as we knew it and then hung around long enough to make us wonder whether “normal” is...

Never alone: God is in the roses1

Never alone: God is in the roses1

Just under 23 million children are living in single-parent households in the United States. According to Pew Research, at a rate of just under 25%, our nation has the world's highest rate of children living in single-parent households. This is nearly three times the...

#MeToo: God knows your story

#MeToo: God knows your story

There were a lot of folks looking forward to the Senate testimony of Frances Haugen. As a former Facebook product manager, Frances had an insider's view of this mysterious company. And after the Wall Street Journal exposed Facebook's internal workings based on...