September 30, 2018

 

READ: Mark 9.38-50

This past week, a buddy of mine called me and asked me whether I believed it was good or bad to pray in public.
He said he was speaking to someone he respects and trusts as a spiritual leader, but that leader advised him not to pray in public.
And my...

September 26, 2018

READ: Leviticus 19:9-10

Back when I was living in Harrisburg, I was doing some photojournalism work on the homelessness problem downtown.
If you’ve ever visited the capital city of Pennsylvania — especially at night — you can’t help but notice the throngs of homeless fo...

September 23, 2018

 

READ: Mark 9.30-37

A friend of mine spent a couple of years as a missionary in Africa.
She was much younger then, more idealistic, and maybe a bit more selfish.
She went to Africa because, well, that’s the top of the game as far as the mission field goes.
It’s dangerou...

September 20, 2018

READ: Acts 18.1-11

A few years ago, I signed up to take a class in sculpture.
I consider myself semi-artistic — I appreciate art, I am a musician and a writer, and I am a firm believer in the creative mind and creative process.
But as I sat there in the studio around a...

September 16, 2018

READ; Wisdom of Solomon 7:26-8:1

            James 3:1-12

Sometimes, James can sound downright condescending, can’t he?
The brother of Jesus — the outspoken disciple — minces no words.
One pastor I heard years ago on the...

September 12, 2018

 

READ: Ephesians 2.2-22 CEB

Where is the strangest or most-unexpected place you’ve ever worshipped?
The word Worship has its origin in the Old English word, Worth.
And in our faith, it means gathering to acknowledge God’s worthiness.
Maybe we can just call it praise.


A...

September 9, 2018

Psalm 104.10-25

For me, more than anything else, perhaps, pets remind me most of God’s creation.
I love being in creation.
I love where I live here in Bellefonte,
and I love to spend time out in the woods, on the trails, in the mountains and on the water. 

And, indeed,...

September 5, 2018

 READ: Mark 7.31-37

Have you ever tried to talk with someone who doesn’t speak your own language?
Or maybe their English isn’t that good, and you can’t understand them hardly at all?
And even if they do have a slight handle on English, they don’t understand all the coll...

September 2, 2018

 

READ: 1 Peter 4:1-11

The year was 1939, and the German-born theologian and Lutheran pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, had just escaped the Nazi death camps, arriving safely in the United States.
But there was something bothering the influential leader who left behind his Ch...

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