Absorbing Grief

Friday, October 21, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Romans 12:15 A challenging perspective On a level of inconvenient, Covid came calling. Earlier this fall the virus penetrated my defenses. A Godzilla-headache thumped my skull. Fever rolled, freezing then burning within my arms and legs. White blood cells battled the virus. I tracked each hour until IContinue reading “Absorbing Grief”

Wherever Truth Appears

Friday, October 14, 2022 Scripture Resource Passages: 1 John 3:18; Matthew 24 & 25 Challenging reads Truth can be found in resources not typically established within an orthodox Christian setting. Believing that all truth is God’s truth I’m offering the paragraph below. The quotation and author may surprise you. The purpose of this week’s postContinue reading “Wherever Truth Appears”

Whispers of Silence

Friday, October 7, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Luke 5:16 Isolated and alone. Panic? Or, just possibly a decisive spiritual intervention. Twelve hours without vibrating vocal cords. Feels like… No visitors. Deliberate withdrawal from personal contact probably feels strange to most disciples. No shopping. Food and clothing needs maintained as normal, lest a growling stomach distractContinue reading “Whispers of Silence”

Spiritual Listening

September 30, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: “…a still small voice…” 1 Kings 19 Is it sadness? Is it depression? Is it insightful spiritual awareness? If I listen, what do I hear? How is it within my soul? The avoidable question: To you, gentle reader, “How is it within your soul?” Awesome spiritual power flows intoContinue reading “Spiritual Listening”

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?”

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”

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”

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”

Spiritual Formation

July 15, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 23 A disciple’s soul-ward journey, the move inward, occurs as our vital connection with God. Contrast this to the outward appearance, which can be faked. Others can be deceived by our apparent holy right-ness. Jesus explains that God’s focus is on “…justice, mercy and faithfulness” (Matthew 23:23). SpeakingContinue reading “Spiritual Formation”