Where to start, where to start? I’ve been way far away from this site this summer, and many of the things that I planned to write this summer have been postponed or put on hold. Slowly, very slowly, I feel like I’m coming out of a sort of hibernation. For the past six weeks or so,… Continue reading Goodbyes, Hellos, and New Projects… What a Strange Summer it Has Been.
Yesterday, the San Antonio community came out to celebrate the life of Rev. Kelly Allen. It’s impossible to think about writing publicly about all of the thoughts in my heart and mind about her life, her death and her legacy, but some folks who were at the memorial service asked for me to post… Continue reading Remembering Kelly Allen: The Hebrew Midwives
I’m speaking about faith practices and families this week at Mo Ranch in Hunt, Texas. I’m half-way through the workshops (two down, two to go!) but one of the things that I’ve found so far is the same thing I find nearly every time I present about faith practices and children: a lot of grandmothers show… Continue reading How to Help Your Grandchildren Grow In Faith: Ideas for Grandparents
Sermon Text: 1 Kings 18:20-39 The Hebrew Scriptures of our Bible, what we call the “Old Testament” are full of what I like to call “flashy” stories. Sure, the New Testament has some pretty flashy stuff as well and Jesus being raised from the dead is the flashiest of them all, but when it comes… Continue reading Sermon Remix: Elijah and the Prophets of Ba’al
“You’re not the boss of me!” your child yells as they stick out their tongue and run away. Furious, you yell back, “How dare you talk to me like that! You little…” This pattern is nothing new. Your child has a bad habit of disrespect. It’s something you’ve been trying to nip in the bud… Continue reading The Shocking Solution to Your Child’s Disrespect: Guest Post by Nicole Schwarz
Happy Birthday, church! Today is Pentecost, the day when we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit coming to the early church. To me, it’s one of the most exciting days of the church year, right up there with Easter and Christmas. It’s a huge celebration, a party. There is much to be thankful for… Continue reading The Age of the Spirit
We are finishing our two-part series on “Spiritual Spring Cleaning” this week. Last week we talked about how our material possessions can weigh us down and we considered how “living lighter” might affect is spiritually. This week we are going to continue with that, but instead of thinking about the possessions that weigh is down, we… Continue reading Sermon Remix: Spiritual Spring Cleaning II
“I came by your office, but you weren’t there…” Yep! For awhile I’ve been thinking about all of my amazing colleagues in ministry and all of the ways they are out in the world healing, caring, advocating, spreading good news. Where’s your pastor? Here are just a few places he or she might be! I… Continue reading Why Your Pastor Isn’t In… #notinmyoffice
If a flood came and washed away everything you owned, or a fire burned every single possession in your home to the ground, what would you miss the most? I remember about 6 years ago Elias and I were on a short term Presbyterian Disaster Assistance work project to help some folks in Iowa who… Continue reading Sermon Remix: Spring Cleaning Part 1
I’m so excited to be offering two new printables, one for family use, and one for personal use. The Faith Jar is easy to use… here are the instructions: Designed for Ages 5 + Materials: This printable, a glass jar & scissors Time Investment: Varies, but most of these practices can be done in 5-10… Continue reading New Printables!