The smell of chlorine hits your nostrils. Suddenly, you are a child again about to cannonball into a pool of summer memories. You smell pancakes or catch a whiff of your great aunt’s perfume or the scent of dusty seats and boards in an old church, and the...

Have you ever been around something that stinks?  A smell that makes your head swim and your eyes water and there is a bit of gag reflex occurring? Early one summer in my childhood, my sister’s room stank like that.  Her room was at the end of the hall, so it took us...
Thirsting for a New Way

Thirsting for a New Way

During my sabbatical, my daughters and I got to visit Greece for six amazing weeks. I wouldn’t have traded spending a lot of time in one country for spending a little time in a lot of countries. However, one member of the traveling trio was intent on getting...

There is a sign that is held up at almost every football game. John 3:16. It just may be the most well- known Bible verse. Martin Luther called John 3:16 “the gospel in a nutshell” because it tells us of God’s profound love for us. It tells us of the...
Thirsting for Worship

Thirsting for Worship

In a church I once served, there was a woman, who liked to make a quick buck, by which I mean she kept trying to get rich quickly. She set up a meeting with me to try to sell the idea that together we could get the whole congregation involved in selling pre-paid phone...

  Ask someone what Christmas is all about. Most will answer: it is the day that Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, the son of God. Then ask: why was he born? The answers will start to vary widely. Many will say he came to save us from sin. He was born to suffer...