Lenten Daily Prayers: March 18-23

Suggested Spiritual Practice: Plant something this week. Think about the gardener in the parable of the barren fig tree. What does it mean to be fruitful? What does it mean to tend beauty? Music Links: “O God, you are my God” (Choral arrangement) “Your love is better than life”  (Acapella) “Come Ye” (Sweet Honey in…

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…