Lessons In Endings and New Beginnings

Every new beginning comes with some other beginning’s end. – Semisonic / Closing Time. Just a few months ago I preached my own take on that line from Closing Time that went like this: God is always writing new beginnings into the endings of our lives. Maybe not as cool as the Semisonic lyric but…

Where Is The Good Way? Or What To Do When Life Gets Crazy

There were a million things racing through my head this morning (after a few cups of coffee, of course!). Laura and I returned from a wonderful vacation early this morning and now it’s back to the grind: we are weeks away from some of the biggest events of our year and the return of our…

Limits

“The ritual action of Ash Wednesday, ashes being marked on our foreheads in the sign of a cross, reminds us of our brokenness, our mortality, and our dependence on God to work new life in us and through us. We are not in control.” – Kai Nilsen, Engage Lent is about limits. The limits of…

Dropouts Of The Way

But Jesus is the Way as well as the Truth. The way the gospel is conveyed is as much a part of the kingdom as the truth presented. Why are pastors experts on the truth and dropouts on the way? – The Contemplative Pastor by Eugene Peterson (p. 35) Seminaries are good at training scholars…