Category Archives: Church

I’m a pastor of the United Methodist Church. This is where I have been formed both theologically and practically within the ministry. This is where I explore the wisdom and insights that have been shared with me by other pastors and my parish – in other words those I labor alongside to build one another up in the love of God and neighbor.

Time Out! Finding Space in Time to Read

Spiritual reading takes space in time. Rushing through doesn’t really get at the pacing of the movement and rhythm of our spirit, but it is how most of us read. In the psalms the writers speak of meditating – chewing … Continue reading

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No Guarantees: Sleep and Toddlers

My darling girls do not always believe in sleep. Weirdly, I like reading on the spiritual disciplines, and recently, a reoccurring theme that I have noted is the importance of sleep. It’s essential as a base line from which to … Continue reading

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Education, Christianity, and the Growth in all Knowledge

For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead … Continue reading

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Birkman Profile

Sitting around with a bunch of clergy without an agenda is one of the most fun things you can have. Add just the slightest bit of philosophy, sociology, or anthropology, you’ll have a memorable free for all with references to … Continue reading

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Adoption and Identity: A Different Type of Purity

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are … Continue reading

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What Should Christians be Reading? A Few Thoughts

Reading effects how we view the world. From the fiction of J.K. Rowling to the insidious works of Fitzgerald, from the pages of the Bible to the writings of Thomas Malthus, reading molds our heads. So, what in the world … Continue reading

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What’s Different About Us?

Sitting in the car, a friend asked me a question: “What makes us different?” I had been talking about swim meets on Sundays. Most swim meets for masters swimmers in the U.S. are on Sundays which rules out competition for … Continue reading

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