For two weeks in January I cared for my Covid-infected family without contracting the virus myself. We breathed the same air and ate at the same table, but somehow, I was not infected. Thursday of last week, I started having all the symptoms myself. Immediately I began quarantining from them, but both my wife JillContinue reading “COVID-19 has struck my home… again.”
As I sit in the mandatory 14-day quarantine with my COVID stricken family, I’ve had some time for reflection on the past year and what I see coming on the horizon. Unfortunately, my wife and children have suffered the worst of the symptoms. My COVID test was negative, even though we’ve been in the sameContinue reading “Reflection Two – When No One Shows Up”
As I sit quietly meditating this morning, I can hear the raspy coughing of my wife and children in the rooms down the hall. The plague has come to our home. Last week, we became one of the numbers on the ticker graph of every major news station. Our family of five is infected withContinue reading “Live from Quarantine – Thoughts about the Future from a COVID-19 Infected Family”
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”Mark 12:30-31 Concluding my reflections on sustaining health amid a pandemic.Continue reading “Part Five – Loving our Neighbors”
Think of your emotional life as a tree planted in the heart. You can hang ornaments on a dead tree, but only a living tree can produce fruits. A healthy emotional life is rooted in and grows out of a healthy heart.
Frederick Buechner said, “Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.” Perhaps this is an appropriate note on which to begin 2021?
What if rather than make resolutions for 2021, we grew in our resolve to be more loving humans in every dimension of our being and relationships?
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people,[a] in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”1 Peter 2:9 “Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings ofContinue reading “Entry 4: Priesthood of all Believers”
Series: The Un-Christian Clichés That Christians Say I’m kicking off a couple reflections on the false and un-Christian clichés that Christians throw around. I’ll start with one I’m hearing a lot these days… “pastors shouldn’t get political.” I am not a democrat or a republican. I am a Christian. That is my “political position,” andContinue reading ““Pastors Should Not Get Political” and Other Un-Christian Clichés”
“But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it is said, ‘When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive; he gave gifts to his people’ When it says, ‘He ascended,’ what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts ofContinue reading “Entry 3: Team-Based Ministry”