Well, we finally closed on our house yesterday. We got our keys this morning! The house is ours! Finally!
Now, all we have left to do is paint, get the carpets cleaned, replace all the locks, clean the whole place, fix a couple of sprinkler heads, replace the kitchen faucet, and, oh yeah, MOVE IN!
This is the text of a sermon I preached January 25, 2009, the Sunday following the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. After I preached there was a very positive and moving response, including several requests for copies of it. So, here it is. I hope it is helpful and encouraging.
Jonah 3.1-5, 10Mark 1.14-20
Regardless of one’s politics, regardless of whom one voted for, we all [...]
A momentous thing happened yesterday. Significantly breaking from the foreign policy of the last eight years, President Obama signed an executive order calling for the closing of the prison at Gitmo, the secret CIA prisons peppered around the world, and calling for an end to torturous interrogation tactics used for the past several years under the guise of “protecting freedom,” all within the next year! For many, this [...]
Wow, what a day! Watching Barack Obama take the oath of office as the 44th President of the United States was breathtaking. I have to admit, any time a new president takes office there is an air of excitement (that is, when there haven’t been law suits and hanging chads and other such clouds of gloom hanging over the grand event). It is an exciting time for our country as [...]
I am reading Mark Yaconelli’s latest book, Downtime: Helping Teenagers Pray. As I read it I am struck at how appropriate the concept of “downtime” is to not just kids, but adults. When Mark writes about downtime, it’s not about vegging in front of the TV or blowing brain cells on video games. He’s writing about time taken to be intentionally silent, listening to the rhythms [...]
It’s fitting at the start of a new year to start a new blog, don’t you think? I hope to offer here, for others’ amusement, reflection, and (hopefully) encouragement insights, noticings, and, of course, my favorite: questions about faith, issues and the world.
Lately, I’ve been reflecting a lot on what it means to “think theologically”, or to be a “theologically minded person.” A classic book that looks at the fundamentals of thinking theologically is