Who is our Audience?

The past two Sundays, I had the opportunity to participate in worship online, from the comfort of our couch at home. First, with Church of the Resurrection, a large Methodist congregation in Kansas City, and then with Lutheran Church of Hope, a large church in Des Moines. My intent had been to worship in person … More Who is our Audience?

Reclaiming Lament

Sabbatical – Day 3 “A lament or lamentation is a passionate expression of grief, often in music, poetry, or song form. The grief is most often born of regret, or mourning. Laments can also be expressed in a verbal manner in which participants lament about something that they regret or someone that they have lost, and they are usually accompanied by wailing, moaning and/or crying.[1] Laments constitute some of the … More Reclaiming Lament

How Long?

Psalm 13 How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?    How long will you hide your face from me?  How long must I bear pain in my soul    and have sorrow in my heart all day long?How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?  Consider and answer me, O Lord my God!    Give light to my eyes, or I … More How Long?

The Unexpected Jesus

When was the last time that you were really surprised?  When was the last time that you were caught by the unexpected?  Was it an unannounced guest, or a visitor?  Did you get a phone call you didn’t expect?  Maybe you were the subject of a “surprise party.”  Maybe you received good news…or perhaps bad … More The Unexpected Jesus

The Best Day Ever*

This is the day that the Lord has made;     let us rejoice and be glad in it. – Psalm 118:24 Sometimes, you’ve just got to tell someone about your day.  And I had one of those days yesterday (Sunday). I have to admit, I was fully prepared to have a miserable day.  Like you, I woke up … More The Best Day Ever*