Lenten Daily Prayers: March 11-16

Please see the previous post for an introduction to this prayer series. Suggested Spiritual Practice: Visual Lectio Divina You can find a description and example of this practice here. Music Links: All will be well (contemporary song) The 23rd Psalm (Bobby McFerrin)  Call to Worship: Christ, you long to gather me under your wings. I…

Lenten Daily Prayers: March 6-9

Each week during Lent, I will post Lenten prayers. There are some suggested spiritual practices and music links for the week. Beginning with the call to worship, there is a daily prayer liturgy that you can follow on your own or with a group. The basic outline and prayers are the same throughout the week,…

Looking Toward Lent

It has been a long Epiphany season, but Lent is, finally, right around the corner. I asked my mom—also a pastor—if I could have some of her ashes this year and she just dropped off this tub of burnt palm leaves. So even if I live to be 100 and never retire, I am set…

Say No to the Douglas County Jail Expansion

This is the public comment that I gave to the Douglas County Commission on February 20, 2019, regarding their proposal to hire a construction manager for the jail expansion project: The Douglas County jail population has grown 15 times faster than our general population since 2011. And I have not heard any good explanations as to…

The True Meaning of Valentine’s Day

Originally posted on Spacious Faith:
The treats Grace and I made for her party: pink pretzels. I began the celebration of Valentine’s Day yesterday by preaching on adultery and divorce. (Gotta love the Lectionary!) In about an hour I will continue the celebration by hanging out with a classroom full of first-graders who are ingesting…

Getting Back in the Boat: Reflections on Luke 5:1-11

Imagine a graduate student working late into the night at her computer in a coffee shop. She’s thinking and staring at the blank screen, starting and stopping.  She finishes a paragraph, gets herself a cup of coffee, and sits back down at the screen with mug in hand. Her eyes flash over the paragraph she…