To Forgive as We Have Been Forgiven

To Forgive as We Have Been Forgiven

The Templeton Foundation recently funded a major nationwide study on people’s attitudes toward forgiveness. It was co‑sponsored by the University of Michigan and the National Institute for Mental Health, and it was fascinating. The study found that 75% of Americans...
100 Points

100 Points

There is an old story about a man who dies and goes to heaven. St. Peter meets him at the Pearly Gates and says, “Here’s how it works. You need 100 points to make it into heaven. You tell me all the good things you’ve done, and I give you a certain number of points...
Time For God, by Hunter Camp

Time For God, by Hunter Camp

We probably all know that we should make better use of our time—after all, time is not an unlimited commodity; it will expire for each of us. As the poet Virgil wrote: “Time flies never to be recalled.” The New Testament writer, Paul, suggests the Christian life...
Faith As A Journey

Faith As A Journey

Human beings are often who they hope to become—and we often embody the qualities of the journey that we are on. I suppose that is why, to some degree, that almost every story surrounding Jesus is a story of movement—a story of Jesus embodying the qualities of his...
Jonah

Jonah

I love the book of Jonah. I especially love how real and human Jonah comes across. He runs from God. He repents only when he finds himself in deep, deep trouble. And he gets mad when God forgives his enemies! Jonah claims that he is mad enough to die! Not that Jonah...
You are not alone!

You are not alone!

I saw a cartoon not long ago that caught my attention. A woman is standing in front of a desk at the Missing Persons Bureau. A police officer is sitting at the desk, pencil in hand, taking down the information the woman has obviously come in to give him. This...
Where the Spirit of God Enters

Where the Spirit of God Enters

I understand that Navajo weavers developed a tradition called the “Spirit trail” as they wove their beautiful blankets. The “Spirit-trail” is created by the weaver deliberately forming a break in the line of their pattern. This “break” could be as simple as a single...
Blessings We Must Pass On

Blessings We Must Pass On

I recently read a magazine article titled, “Drifting Toward Hope” by a man named Vinh Chung. As a small child, Chung was a refugee from Vietnam – who set out with his family on a small boat. Somehow, they were rescued at sea, and his family was taken in by a Lutheran...
Unfinished Business

Unfinished Business

The Reverend King Duncan once told about a letter from a mother that appeared in the Catholic Digest. The mother wrote that she was just finishing up a load of laundry, heading back upstairs, when her kindergarten aged daughter presented her deepest theological...
Labor Day

Labor Day

Happy Labor Day! This year, I have been reflecting on all those who have labored on my behalf over the last year. There are way too many to name: Store clerks, pastors, board members, military personnel, police officers, sanitation workers, teachers, doctors,...