The Dawn of Hope

The election was over when you discovered your candidate was dead. The guy who attracted birds and animals and people. The guy who could bring out the masses and feed them too. The guy who gave out free health care along with miracle cures. The guy who was a revolutionary and had a better way to …

You Won’t be Left Behind–Unless You Choose to Be

If I could go back in time, I’d go back forty years and give my thirteen year old self some advice: You won't be left behind--unless you want to be. It was popular to wear red, white and blue in 1976 because it was the bicentennial year and everyone was celebrating the fact that the United …

We Are Shaped by Our Stories

You've probably heard the saying, "We're only as sick as our secrets." One of my secrets is that my family was often homeless. It happened for a short time when I was eight years old. Then we lived in a cabin with limited utilities for most of seven years. During that time, we took our …

Things We Never Discussed on Easter

My family never celebrated Easter. Well we hid some candy-filled eggs a few times, but we never talked about the deep grief this planet suffered while Jesus slept in the tomb. We never discussed how Jesus humbly washed the feet of Judas as tenderly as he did Peter--or how both betrayed him and both could …

The Messy Story of Jesus

While Jesus was on earth, he didn’t spend his time in a gorgeous chapel with a harmonious choir, distinguished elders and tidy children. As the Creator, he designed this world to be a place where the messy, bloody and disgusting would contribute--where even manure brings life. There's nothing clean about birth or death, but Jesus joined with our …