Church Buildings Safe?

September 23, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Isaiah 66:1 “Let’s go to church,” he said. Oops. He should have said, “Let’s go to the church building.” Jesus did not come to redeem stucco and electrical panels. Jesus did not come for steeples or stained glass contrivances. Jesus came for people. “Sometimes the very walls of ourContinue reading “Church Buildings Safe?”

Bless A Child

September 16, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 19:13-15 Seems small. A loaf of bread is weensy compared to tanks and wall-busting missiles. Staunchly refusing to be deterred by size, people are preparing to Bless A Child. You could join. The logo to look for: The connection is not complex. The link is provided and active.Continue reading “Bless A Child”

A Flat Mind

September 9, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Romans 12:2 During this week the brain of my body and soul battles a virus. Hopefully this virus, like the others before it, will soon fade. Whenever such invaders blast through my defenses I am dragged to a truthful reminder: ‘Andrew, your brain hosts your mind and when yourContinue reading “A Flat Mind”

Prayer and a Mouse Tail

Friday, September 2, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 6 Prayer’s connection to the Divine exposes my soul; and, if I’m listening, prayer reveals the truth of my life. Like flecks of gold or self-centered flotsam my concerns tell heaven and earth ‘These are his identity.’ This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven,hallowedContinue reading “Prayer and a Mouse Tail”

Close to God, When?

August 26, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Psalm 23–“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…” Bright days, sunshine bursting flower buds into exuberance, give my soul spiritual relief. Those days are a deep breath of air filling my lungs with escape from turmoil. We all need such times because in case youContinue reading “Close to God, When?”

The Immediacy of a Child

Friday, August 19, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Mark 10:13-16 (please read) Across the western world arguments of personal rights and abortion legislation overflow news reports. Shouting marchers and placard bearers line sidewalks and spill into the streets. Law enforcement continues to be a buffer with little hope of appreciation or thanks from protestors. We areContinue reading “The Immediacy of a Child”

Reading What?, Part 2

August 13, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Ecclesiastes 12:11-12 (Note: Yes, I know the old language sounds sexist in today’s environment.) “The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one shepherd. Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. Of making many books there is noContinue reading “Reading What?, Part 2”

Read What?

August 5, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Ecclesiastes 12:12 Alternate Title for the post: Why Reading? By reading literature we learn to know ourselves in new ways. Literature can help us to have mercy on ourselves and others, can divest us of the ignorance that places ourselves at the center of the universe, can make possibleContinue reading “Read What?”

Waiting Under Grass

July 22, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Mark 13 (Please do not skip reading the passage) Name, dates of birth and death are cleanly cut into the stone. One word appears beneath the name—Waiting. Shootings blot the American landscape almost every day. Deaths from the guns of evil continue to increase. Children and other innocents areContinue reading “Waiting Under Grass”