Greater Than

  “You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new… Read More

Focusing on God

  “Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray.” (Proverbs 22:6, NRSV) These are the days when families, at least those with school-age children, are pushed to the limits of their functioning. With a new… Read More

150 Years and Counting

  “O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” (Psalm 136:1, NRSV) In the month of October, we will be celebrating 150 years of Canterbury! It’s hard to believe that Canterbury,… Read More

The Hassle of Complexity

  “Be still, and know that I am God!” (Psalm 46:10a, NRSV) We live in a house that is over 100 years old. About 30 years ago, a master gardener lived in our house. About 15 years ago,… Read More

Gerald’s Story

  “Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (1 John 4:8, NRSV) We were drinking sweet tea as our chairs rocked back and forth on a hot July afternoon. Gerald was in his eighties. He never said much. When… Read More

Celebrating the Past; Looking to the Future

“O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” —Psalm 136:1, NRSV This past week we observed the 241st Anniversary of the United States Declaration of Independence. It’s a grand time to celebrate… Read More

The Dangers of Sentimental Religion

“Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39, NRSV) Jesus makes demands of his followers that most of us just gloss over as if… Read More

The Holy Trinity

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” (Matthew 28:19, NRSV) What is your image of God? If you are like… Read More

The Rhythms of Rest

“On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side.’ And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was.”  — Mark 4:35-36a,… Read More

Freedom and Responsibility

“The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.”   (Proverbs 10:7, NRSV)   How will you be remembered? What will be the defining accomplishments of your life? What legacy will… Read More