Monthly Archives: January 2016

Broad places and delight

He brought me out into a broad place;  he delivered me, because he delighted in me.  (Psalm 18:19)

I read this verse recently, and it reminded me of a conversation we had during staff meeting regarding the upcoming Gospel text for Sunday.  This Sunday’s Gospel text is the story of Jesus’ baptism, where God says to Jesus, “with you I am well-pleased.”  At staff meeting we were asked to reflect on what words God would say (or did say) to us in our baptism.  With a little bit of a joking spirit, we threw around phrases like, “there’s still hope for you,” or “you are a work in progress.” Continue reading Broad places and delight


Advent week 4: Pentecost and Community

Every now and then, I have a conversation with someone about the importance of engaging in a faith community of some kind.  Sometimes the sense is that folks want to get ‘other things sorted out first’ before focusing on things like spiritual development or faith community.  I hear things like, “I need to get organized with school,” or “I need to first find a job and get my finances a bit more stable.”   Continue reading Advent week 4: Pentecost and Community