When You’re Longing for Light, Where Do You Look?

Last night I went outside to look for Jupiter. "Look to the east," I was told. "After sunset, Jupiter will be the brightest thing in the sky." "You can see it even from the city." The great planet was brighter than usual last night because it was the closest it's been to earth in 59 … Continue reading When You’re Longing for Light, Where Do You Look?

The Hospitality of the Church Parking Lot

When my husband was diagnosed with a recurrence of cancer, we received a packet of information from the cancer center. The large envelope included various forms, contact numbers, booklets on what to expect, nutritional information, and other resources for patients and their families. Among the papers, I also came across an offer of free parking … Continue reading The Hospitality of the Church Parking Lot

What Simplicity Means to Me Today

I was asked to write on simplicity for Asian American Women on Leadership, and wanted to post my personal reflection here as well. I hope it helps you consider simplicity in your own life too. For the last few years, I’ve chosen a key word or phrase to help give focus to my year. I … Continue reading What Simplicity Means to Me Today

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