Rustlings (April 23, 2018)

Rustlings (April 23, 2018)

For part of our lives, we are encouraged to sit. As a child, I was told to sit still in church, sit quietly at recitals, sit in a corner when I was disobedient and sit politely at the dinner table. Learning to sit was an important skill. In later years, we are...
Rustlings (April 15, 2018)

Rustlings (April 15, 2018)

It happens at least once a month. A congregant exits our Sanctuary, stops in the Narthex to shake my hand, smiles apologetically and says, “You shared a nice sermon today, but I primarily come for the music.” I typically smile and respond, “Me too. I’ve already heard...
Rustlings (April 9, 2018)

Rustlings (April 9, 2018)

Anthony Doerr’s novel All the Light We Cannot See has won numerous awards including the 2015 Pulitzer Prize and the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in fiction. It is a beautifully written account of a French girl – blind from her childhood – and an orphaned...
Rustlings (April 2, 2018)

Rustlings (April 2, 2018)

The Easter story – the story of Jesus – is filled with siblings. From the beginning of Jesus’ ministry until his resurrection and ascension, we encounter kin characters like: Peter and Andrew, Mary and Martha, and of course, James and John. While one sibling seems to...
Rustlings (March 26, 2108)

Rustlings (March 26, 2108)

I am comfortable with variance. While most of my days and much of my life is routine, I do not mind – sometimes even crave – the broader swings of adventure and experience. Most of my days begin with the typical shower, coffee, breakfast and drive to the office. Once...
Rustlings (March 19, 2018)

Rustlings (March 19, 2018)

YouTube ushered the conversation into homes around the world. The national news carried the story days later. Two babies – twins – are standing in a kitchen, seemingly conversing about a missing sock, in a language that only they can understand. It was a familiar...