Tag Archives: Joy

Back to Life – Easter 2020

Text: Mary Oliver’s Messenger  Mark’s Gospel Chapter 16  Homily  Last night as I kissed my daughter’s forehead, she felt hot.  In normal times I’d just think: “Teenager. Day in the sun, no big deal.” But this is not a normal time.  So … Continue reading

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Lose Your To Do List

Reading: Ross Gay’s Loitering Sermon: Lose Your To-Do List Growing up, I learned a special way to mark time at this time of year. Even better than the “Christmas Countdown app.” I learned to mark time with an Advent Calendar.   … Continue reading

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Shows, a Sabbatical Story

I trace my love affair with TV to Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd. Moonlighting ran from when I was 10 to 14, a time when I had a super small TV in my bedroom.  Before I even knew it was … Continue reading

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Summer Fruit

Stop changing I tell the peaches, pluots, and plums, as I pull them from the sack and line them up straight Stay as you are, sufficiently fragile and alive for ripening to remain ready, with sweetness to drip when my … Continue reading

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Telling the Stories of Sabbatical

I’m nearing the end of my nearly-15 week sabbatical. My first, after 7 years serving Foothills through major transitions, occasional upheaval, a big surge in (numerical, organizational, spiritual) growth, and the election of 2016 (aka liberal existenstial crisis). All of … Continue reading

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Growing in Generosity

Story “The Gift”  Sermon “Growing in Generosity”  In her book, Packing for Mars, Mary Roach shares that in the very first space station, the engineers realized they wouldn’t need tables.  Because, no gravity meant you couldn’t sit down, and the … Continue reading

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Eyes to See, Ears to Hear

Listen to this sermon here. Story – The Beggar and the Box from Eckhart Tolle Sermon That story is one of my favorites, I’ve told it a few times here. In this season where we are making lists of all … Continue reading

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