being hot water, not lukewarm or otherwise

On the bus this morning I had a conversation with a neighbor.  I heard her vent about having children. I listened and then acknowledged the challenge of working with anyone who is still seeking his or her identity. “I know what you mean,” she said. “I didn’t know what my identity was when I was a teenager,Continue reading “being hot water, not lukewarm or otherwise”

trusting the sequoia seeds

Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. John tried to prevent him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?” Jesus said to him in reply, “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” ThenContinue reading “trusting the sequoia seeds”

corn syrup, oil and pizza: commercials for the socially conscious

Jesus asks us to pray a lot and build the kingdom of God by connecting with poverty in ourselves and others.  It’s a messy challenge, especially in our technology-centric culture. To really follow Jesus freely, then we need to shift away from the internet clouds and webs and connect in reality.  But what are weContinue reading “corn syrup, oil and pizza: commercials for the socially conscious”

Happy (Belated) Christian New Year

I have a few thoughts to ring around the kingdom come today, as 2011 is here. Celebrating the secular New Year has always felt bizarre to me. Besides the 4th of July New Year’s Eve/Day is actually my least favorite holiday. It always makes me unsure what to do with myself.  I want to mock: Continue reading “Happy (Belated) Christian New Year”

royal hype

Jesus is King, the scriptures say. We celebrated this at church last Sunday because it was the Feast of Christ the King.  As I prayed and contemplated, I wondered if the feast day matters more to the Christians who live in modern monarchies than me, an American who only knows about human kings from whatContinue reading “royal hype”