Readers Respond: Which Title Engages You the Most?

In my last post, I shared a few possible titles for my next book and asked, "If this were the title of a sermon series, which one would engage you the most?" Some readers replied directly in the comments on that post, others responded on Facebook, Twitter, via email, or in personal conversation. I'm grateful … Continue reading Readers Respond: Which Title Engages You the Most?

Could This Be a Nudging of the Spirit?

"Are you available for another writing project?" asked David Runk, president and publisher of CSS Publishing. I've worked with David and his company on three previous collections of lectionary-based sermons: On the Way With Jesus, Ordinary Time With Jesus, and Led by the Spirit. I like his company's focus on practical, field-tested sermons with pastors … Continue reading Could This Be a Nudging of the Spirit?

For Those Who Support Our Dreams

I love this short film about a little girl who dreamed of becoming an astronaut and her father who supported her dream. It's so beautifully done and ends with this dedication: "for those who support our dreams." One Small Step is an original film by Taiko Studios, and the version below has an original musical … Continue reading For Those Who Support Our Dreams

21 Five-Minute Soul-Rest Practices

5 Five-Minute Strategies to De-Stress

Last Sunday I co-hosted my church's online worship and conversation as usual. Everything went smoothly, but afterward I felt agitated and stressed out. Not because of any technical glitches. Not because of anything anyone said or did. Not because I was thinking about anything in particular. But just because. Life is stressful. The last few years … Continue reading 5 Five-Minute Strategies to De-Stress

Becoming a True Human Being: First Nations Version

In How to Read the Bible and Love It, I share ten ways of staying engaged with Scripture. Today I'm taking my own advice with variation #1 - try a different translation. Ever since its publication last year, I've been wanting to read the First Nations Version: An Indigenous Translation of the New Testament by … Continue reading Becoming a True Human Being: First Nations Version

On Finding a New Way Forward

During these last months of remembering, mourning, and finding a new way forward, I have found some comfort in responding personally to each message and each kindness. I've been pacing myself with this, and I'm not nearly done yet, so I also wanted to say a huge THANK YOU here to all those who have: … Continue reading On Finding a New Way Forward

In Deep Grief and Deep Gratitude

Years ago when my father died suddenly of a heart attack, his loss was unexpected and enormous, and I felt as if my entire world had shifted on its axis. I remember wondering, how can everyone and everything else go on as normal? How could the sky still be clear and cloudless? How could students … Continue reading In Deep Grief and Deep Gratitude

Safely Home With God

On Saturday, February 19, 2022, my husband had been in the hospital for three weeks dealing with complications from his cancer, but he was feeling better and asked for some wonton soup. "Great idea," said his doctor. "Wonderful," said his dietician. So I brought my husband the wonton soup he asked for, and spooned some … Continue reading Safely Home With God