In this crime-ridden and tsunami world;

it is right to be sad about sad things.

         Zack Eswine

Resources for our Skepticisms & Sorrows

Recovering Eden

In the Bible, a book called “Ecclesiastes” gives language to the doubts, sorrows, and questions that challenge us as we search for happiness in life. Let’s take a look together.

Realistic Hope for Those of us Who Suffer From Depression (and those who care for us)

Also, watch this four-part video series

So much injustice. What can a person of privilege do?

"You are like Moses." He smiled as he said it. I nervously laughed. No one had said that to me before. "What do you mean?" I said. He said, "You are a man of privilege, with years of education, training, influence and resources." Then this wise African American leader...

Trusting God or Testing Him? How to Get Through a Pandemic, Part 3

A preacher promises immunity from Covid-19. He says, "If you are born again, read your Bible, and tithe, you have the Ps. 91 protection policy!" Another defies social distancing to prove his faith in the midst of fear. What are we to make of this? At first glance, you...

Resilient Hope: How Do We Get Through a Pandemic? Part 2

Candle-wishes on birthday cakes are fun and meaningful, like childhood songs, "Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight. I wish I may, I wish I might, have this wish I wish tonight." We whisper and hum what we hope for. But, once we blow out candles, what do...

Realistic Help: How do we get through a pandemic? Part 1

People are afraid. Pandemic has found them. The songwriter offers hope. "Don't be afraid!" he says. But hope must be realistic to help. Amid its sturdy promises, we mustn't overlook the realism that Psalm 91 uses to describe pandemic conditions. How do we even begin...

How to Pray God’s Promises

Praying God’s promises sounds something like this. (1) Speak the promise to God. “Lord you say that you are near to the brokenhearted.” (2) Find yourself in the promise. “Lord, I am brokenhearted  . . .” (3) Apply the promise: This means that you have...

Is Jesus Arrogant?

  “I am the way, and the truth and the life, No one comes to the Father except through me” (Jesus) Jesus sounds narrow minded and arrogant. He suggests that we locate God through no other way but His. This kind of exclusive claim disgusts many of us. We are wore...

Overcoming the Memory of my Worst Moments: A Prayer

O Lord, you say that you keep memory of all my tossing and wanderings; that you collect my tears as if in a bottle so that none are lost to your remembrance. (Ps. 56:8) I feel sometimes like I have that bottle in my nervous anxious hands and drop the bottle shattering...

Spiritual Remembering, Part 1

We need reminders. Our to-do-lists and calendars give us proof enough. We search for car keys. We use someone else's phone to call ours. Then we listen through the house hoping it will reveal its location. I guess, too, that we've learned our forgetfulness the hard...

Tasting the Pleasures of God’s Presence

It is not easy to suggest to someone in our congregation that we learn how to practice God's presence together. After all, for many, the idea of spending a moment-by-moment life with God doesn't sound exciting. What if God is annoying or socially awkward; boring, or...

Recognizing God’s Nearness

The largest human questions are sometimes asked in the most ordinary and smallest of places. "Where is God?" As a little boy, my youngest son Caleb asked this sacred question before bed. “He is everywhere” I say. “Is he in my room?” “Yes, I say, He is here.” “Is he on...
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