SUMMER MOM AND THE EPIC BATTLE OF PRESENCE VS. PRODUCTIVITY

Every summer, I have spectacular dreams about all the projects I will complete with my time away from the classroom. I don’t know why I do it to myself. I should know after 12 years of not accomplishing much in the summer that the summer break isn’t going to be a flurry of productivity. I… Read More SUMMER MOM AND THE EPIC BATTLE OF PRESENCE VS. PRODUCTIVITY

Old School

My grandmother paid me to memorize some of the Psalms. One, in particular, was the 23rd Psalm. She would sleep in the extra bed in my room when she would come stay with us. As we would lie there, she would say, “Do you still remember the 23rd Psalm.” “Yes, Grandma.” “Let’s say it together.”… Read More Old School

THE WEAKEST SERMON EVER

I totally bombed this Sunday.

I preached a sermon on the value of a broken hallelujah. The main point was that God uses our weakness.

I was the sermon illustration… not on purpose though.

I am fully capable of putting together a really good sermon that is presented well. This is not what occurred. I spent last week as single mom since Jon had to go on a last minute trip to NY to repair some recent storm damage to our rental property….… Read More THE WEAKEST SERMON EVER

GUT CHECK

I was punched in the stomach today. Not literally, but figuratively. I won’t get into the details. The essence is that someone I thought would be one of my biggest supporters basically said my book isn’t worth study. Ouch. Did I mention, Ouch? Yeah….. it stung. The crazy thing is it came after an amazing,… Read More GUT CHECK

NAKED WITHOUT SHAME- AN EASTER STORY

Easter is the climax of a story about mankind’s complicated relationship with nakedness and shame. A fateful fall Adam and Eve had open community and access to God in the Garden of Eden. They also had freedom of choice. When they chose to eat forbidden fruit they became ashamed of who they naturally were. They had… Read More NAKED WITHOUT SHAME- AN EASTER STORY