What's In Your Wallet

What's In Your Wallet

“Do not be afraid … for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”  If God’s kingdom is to be experienced now, in this life, then we need to ask what exactly he’s talking about when he says, “Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an...
Follow The Money

Follow The Money

Some Thoughts on “Follow The Money”: 1. During the first season of The Wire a wise, seasoned detective advises a newbie trying to break open a drug ring to “follow the money.” The detective has an affinity for numbers and patterns; between spreadsheets and...
It's Not Magic, It's a Relationship

It's Not Magic, It's a Relationship

How to connect, or re-connect, to God? For most of its history, Christianity has offered two main ways to connect to God: the Word and the Sacraments. The Word has two main meanings: In the first and primary instance it is Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ of God. So, for...
A Psalm for All Time

A Psalm for All Time

What can one say fresh about a scripture such as Psalm 23, which has become so familiar as to be cliché, almost banal, particularly since it’s the go-to scripture for funerals for someone the pastor doesn’t know? The ideas behind the psalm of trust, rest,...
Follow The Money

Mary, Martha, Kate, and Me

Last weekend my son had a friend over for a play date. It was the first time this particular family had come to our house, and I like to make a reasonably decent impression when people come to the door. “Decent impressions” get complicated by our dog, Kate. She looks...
What's In Your Wallet

In Your Dreams

Neuroscientists today tell us that everyone dreams, even if we don’t remember them, and that dreams play a critical role in how we process and interpret reality.  Recently, scientists have also discovered that dreams also play a critical role in memory.  They help us...
What's In Your Wallet

Connecting with Your Inner Harpooner

In his book, The Contemplative Pastor, Eugene Peterson speaks to one of the largest communities of “Marthas” on earth: Christian ministers.  Many ministers take pride in being busier than the average person, and letting people know just how busy they are.   Yet...
Don't Hold Your Breath

Don't Hold Your Breath

  Last week I mentioned how I find my energy increased after Tai Chi even though I exert energy during the practice. What I didn’t mention was what initially drew me to Tai Chi: I think yoga is exceedingly boring! All that stationary holding of poses. All...
What's In Your Wallet

Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing

Worried and distracted.  That’s what Jesus sees when he looks out and sees Martha fussing around in the back kitchen – an worried and distracted woman.  We all feel a bit of the offense that Martha would have taken over being called out in this way, can’t we?  We run...
What's In Your Wallet

An Awkward Moment

Most people I know consider Jesus to be a pretty fair-minded kind of guy, at least until they consider the story of Mary and Martha.  What do you think? One day Jesus visits a certain village where Martha welcomes him into her home.  She has set up an ancient...

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