John 19:30 “It is finished.”

“It is finished….”  Many people think that these words are the most important words that Jesus spoke from the cross.  These words are found only in the Gospel of John.  The Greek word translated “it is finished” is tetelestai, an accounting term that means “paid in full.” What was paid in full?  Jesus paid the […]


John 19: 28 “I thirst.”

Doing a quick Google search will reveal that “thirst” is referenced close to 43 times in the Bible. I once was told that when you study scripture, you can identify when something is important by how often it is repeated. 43 times – don’t you think God is telling us that “thirst” and the idea […]


John 19:26-27

When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home. At a moment where Jesus could have been absorbed in his own pain […]


What Is Intersectionality

If you could change or improve one thing about life in the local community before you died, what would you work on? James 2: 1 – 4  My dear friends, don’t let public opinion influence how you live out our glorious, Christ-originated faith. If a man enters your church wearing an expensive suit, and a […]


On Being “pro-LIFE”

“…the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.  You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?  That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.” Galatians 5:6b-8 This blog entry was originally written for LAMPa’s blog, but I […]


How to Be Present With Our Youth

Did you know that there has been a 37% increase in teenagers reporting a major depressive episode since 2007? Did you know that teenage suicide  reached its highest peak in 40 years in 2015 amongst both boys and girls? Did you know that after Sandy Hook, more than 400 people have been shot in over […]


Encountering God … Everyday Miracles

I have written in the past about everyday miracles…. about how God works through us and around us in everyday life to do miracles that may be so subtle and un-proclaimed as to slip by, unnoticed. As we have moved through Lent, I was also “caught” by a snippet from Dave Daubert from The Intentional Christian, P.36: […]


Is the Church “Doing” Christmas Wrong?

  I sat in a room full of pastors recently, listening to many of them describe the “let-down” that many of them … and us … feel, after the Christmas season is over. I have often wondered why that happens. To be sure, there are some very good reasons. For children, all the anticipation over […]


DeConstruction Zone

In early August, I had the privilege of attending the Rostered Leaders Gathering of the ELCA in Atlanta, Georgia. For me, the most gripping workshop was presented by the Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla , who serves as executive director of the Global Mission unit of the ELCA . His talk was titled “Deconstructing the Narrative […]



Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions?  Lose weight?  Quit smoking?  Well, here are some of mine: This year I resolve to: stop hanging out with people who ask me about my New Year’s resolutions. start eating more healthy (as soon as I eat all the junk food in my house so it won’t tempt […]

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