How Long…

I have more and more lately seen my life as the title of book – The Story We Find Ourselves In. Especially with the times of loss it has seemed like a script I could never have written myself and I wonder how could I even still be here with so much brokenness. Sam says … Continued

A Mark That No Longer Stains…

In the song Grace by U2, Bono sings: What left a mark no longer stains… This thought broke into my summer slumber. The marks sting yes, chafe yes, bring weariness true but not STAIN. Not permanent, not forever, even though the journey can feel so long. Jesus let’s us see life through a different lens … Continued

Stains of Life

Grace – covers the shame and removes the stain… What better summary of a biblical trajectory and narrative can we read than with these words from the songwriter? Cover and remove in this story are powerful signifiers of truth that can break through in surprising ways in a world that holds tightly to achievement at … Continued

Grace Takes the Blame…

New semesters, new beginnings take us careening down a path of excitement mixed with potential and busyness. Potential for new friendships, for new career possibilities, for new ways to make a difference, to care for our campus and world. Yet also there is the push of busyness that can increase fragmentation, loneliness, and isolation. I … Continued

Is It Well With My Soul?

Is It Well with my Soul? Horatio Spafford’s hymn, It is Well with my Soul has resonated with people over the years since he wrote in light of the brutal tragedy of losing so much, including his children. From a very young age I can remember singing and appreciating this song at various levels of … Continued

Ordinary Bulldog Love

“When we honestly ask ourselves which persons in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us … Continued

Astonished by Jesus – #2 Reflection for Palm Sunday

Along with Will Willimon from his book Why Jesus? I have been personally asking myself the same question in light of the events of my life. We embark upon some reflections about this question from a variety of angles. No Ordinary ClaimsPalm Sunday has just passed and has reminded me again of why Jesus continues … Continued

Perplexed/Challenged/Astonished by Jesus

We start a new blog series, looking at the person of Jesus who is never far out of the media and away from conversation, even with so many centuries having passed since he was here. He has been called magician, sage, preacher, miracle worker, teacher, and so many other descriptors are attributed to him. So … Continued