Advent Reflection: Four reasons to return to church.

Church life can be rough. Like so many people, I have been offended by pastors, disappointed in elders, and accused by fellow church-goers. The Bible has been used as a weapon of humiliation in church. Small groups have been tools of exclusion in church. Music has been a source of tension in church. For these … Continue reading Advent Reflection: Four reasons to return to church.

Advent Reflection: ‘Tis the season to be reconciled to God

The recent flood of sexual harassment claims and admissions have left us angry and disappointed with people we have long admired. But I think we have reached a point where our shock needs to end and our repentance needs to begin. I say "our" because all of us sin. At the very least, each of … Continue reading Advent Reflection: ‘Tis the season to be reconciled to God

Advent Reflection: Gentle Family Living

He tends his flock like a shepherd:     He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart;     he gently leads those that have young. This verse in Isaiah 40 encouraged me quite a bit as I was raising a house full of children. I was heartened that God was my shepherd and … Continue reading Advent Reflection: Gentle Family Living