Faith is opening oneself up to interpretation. Laying your whole being and existence of the line in order to interpret the who of oneself the why of existence the where to now of being These interpretations are done, usually, using a text, speaking from the Presbyterian perspective that text is the Bible, followed by the … Continue reading
Truth is my weapon of choice. When meeting with adversity and evil. When facing down the human machinations that we call politics, when dealing with the perniciousness of gossip, when hearing a criticism that burns my soul….I choose truth Continue reading
What is the length of a day? Some days pound on me, relentless, some days never let me go. http://bible.oremus.org/?passage=Deuteronomy+30 The length of days–heaven and earth are called to witness–will count. When we choose life our time counts even moreso. Before I had children I would strive to be on time for everything. My parents … Continue reading
In my life, I am too busy…
I have always been a Martha, I don’t even want to be Mary.
But in the midst of the children screaming, the messiness of the house and the juggling of the schedules, God is there. Continue reading
For those who feel their family is not normal, who feel motherless or childless, we pray forgiveness for forgetting or ignoring those for whom mother is a complicated word, for whatever reason. Continue reading
You probably haven’t noticed this, but prophets are often outside the fold of the norm in scripture. Whether its Elisha, Elijah or Jesus himself it is difficult for those who stand outside of religion and claim a relationship with God to fit. This is, no doubt, because humans long for “normatives” we long for a … Continue reading
That might just be God tapping you on the shoulder. Continue reading
Mark 14:32-36 32 They went to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here while I pray.’ 33He took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be distressed and agitated. 34And he said to them, ‘I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and keep awake.’ 35And going … Continue reading
There is time for everything…. We try to schedule time We to make time Time is just lines in the sand Like countries But God created the world God made time God, time-maker
Recently the curator of the achurchforstarvingartists spoke at our Presbytery Retreat, to discuss counter-intuitive thinking for ministry. Last Week the Psalms of Praise lead to thinking about the position of kneeling/servanthood as how we will ultimately be kneeling to Christ in order to be next to him, for that is obviously the position he will … Continue reading
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