Rustlings

Rustlings (November 20, 2017)

First it was earthworms; next, a starfish. As the semester progressed, we moved on to frogs and finally a shark. Tenth grade biology class was a sophomoric teenager’s delight. We experienced the joys of dissection. With scalpel in hand, we were taught to peer inside...

Rustlings (November 13, 2017)

It is a runner’s trick: When running uphill, never look too far ahead. In fact, it is recommended you look no further than six to seven feet in front of you. From that perspective, any hill looks flat. If you keep your head down, put one foot in front of the other,...

Rustlings (November 6, 2017)

It’s strange, but true. I’ve spent more time in Jerusalem than Jesus did – at least in the synoptic gospels. Most of you know that three of our four gospels follow the same general chronology of Jesus’ life: Matthew, Mark and Luke. A close reading of those gospels...

Rustlings (October 30, 2017)

While attending seminary, I pastored a wonderful church in rural, mid-state Kentucky. Our small, unincorporated town was populated by dairy farmers, tobacco farmers, factory workers, a couple of lawyers, a doctor, a few teachers and of course, the preacher. We...

Rustlings (October 23, 2017)

I’ve preached it for years. It has served as the theme for numerous retreats I’ve led. It was the subject of a class I taught for graduate students in seminary. The Spiritual Practice of Hospitality is simply and gracefully opening a space so that God can do God’s...

Rustlings (October 16, 2017)

I’m not sure how I missed it in my first fifty-five years of life. I had heard about it. I knew people that were familiar with it. But somehow, as time crept past, it never became part of my life. It was not until this year that I saw the movie – and subsequently the...