A Book for our Time, Place, & Culture

One of the most transformative experiences I have ever had was reading through the New Testament while I was deciding whether or not to become a believing Christian. The Word of God is powerful. It transforms us. It transformed me from being someone who did not...
Imagining Miracles

Imagining Miracles

This Sunday’s readings are filled with miraculous events: Elijah is assumed into heaven after parting the Jordan river, the psalmist writes of God’s presence turning the rock to a pool of water, and Jesus walks on top of a lake to his disciples’ boat. Since the...

Camp Re-Creation from Generation to Generation

As I write this, we are halfway through our Camp Araminta experience. For those who don’t know, Camp Araminta is our diocesan camp for rising 4th– 10th graders. This week Megan and I have been leading one of the disciple groups for 7th & 8th graders and leading...

Righteous Wrath

In this week’s Old Testament reading (Amos 7: 7–15), we have a prophet pronouncing God’s judgement on Israel. Sometimes the books of the prophets make Christians uncomfortable or confused. Isn’t God loving and merciful? What do we make of the wrath of God? Two things...

Growth In the Fallow, Not the Shallow

A little over a week ago, I planted some seeds with my kids. They were just simple zinnias (bright, colorful flowers) in the two pots by our front door. Because of our regular afternoon rainstorms, we haven’t had to water them. We stuck the seeds in the soil and then...

Summer Reading

Reading with the Rector For many people, summer is a time to slow down and embrace sabbath. The days stretch longer. Kids are off school. People are taking vacations. Ever since I was a kid, I have always had a stack of books to read over the summer. Never because I...