In my church office I have two wall calendars: the usual calendar that runs January to December 2019 and a liturgical calendar that follows the seasons of the church year from the first Sunday of Advent (December 2, 2018) to the end of the church year (November 30, 2019): The liturgical calendar is a beautiful … Continue reading What is the Revised Common Lectionary? (for R who asked)
It's been 10 months since I last spoke from the pulpit at my previous church. So it seemed strangely familiar and just plain strange to be standing and speaking there last week. The pulpit seemed bigger than I remembered it. The microphone had been replaced with a different model. I felt at home yet not … Continue reading The Hardship of Death is Real, But It is Not God’s Last Word to Us
"Many of us live in affluence or at least comfort, and yet contentment always seems just out of reach," says author Sharla Fritz. "We live in a culture that constantly screams, 'More, more!' Advertising tells us we need more clothes, more cool gadgets. Our bank account tells us we need more money. Society may make … Continue reading Enough for Now: Unpacking God’s Sufficiency
Since April is my birth month, I was curious to look up birthdays in Scripture. The birth of Jesus was celebrated by shepherds, angels, magi, a mysterious star in the sky, and of course by his mother, Mary, and his earthly father, Joseph. But the word "birthday" appears in the Bible just three times: the … Continue reading Happy Birthday from Psalms
Who better to write an article on self-care and friendship than Michele Morin--a friend and sister Redbud writer who was part of my Four Gifts launch team, and who often writes about friendship on her blog, Living Our Days. Michele is a wife and homeschooling mum who reads, writes, gardens, and does life with her family on … Continue reading Can We Be Spiritual Friends?
This week I received an email about getting ready for Lent, which marks the six weeks before Easter. It's an early reminder since Easter Sunday isn't until April 21 and Lent doesn't begin until March 6 this year. But while Lent and Easter 2019 are still ahead of us, I'm already preparing for Lent and … Continue reading On the Road with Jesus
I don't think I've ever sung or heard the song "Good King Wenceslas" in an Advent or Christmas worship service. After all, the song doesn't mention Advent or Christmas. It doesn't tell the story of Mary and Joseph, and there are no shepherds, angels, wise men, or star. There is no baby Jesus crying or … Continue reading Tread Boldly, Give Generously
last updated August 15, 2019 One summer I introduced a preaching series on Philippians with a sermon I called "How to Pray for the People You Love," because that's what the apostle Paul does in the opening verses of his letter. Some years earlier, Paul had planted this church in the city of Philippi, and … Continue reading How to Pray for the People You Love