Tag Archives: calling

On getting to know the Sirens

“You are worried and distracted by many things.” The words have dogged me for decades. Jesus addressed them to Martha when she tried to triangulate him into settling her disagreement with Mary about some after-dinner chores (Luke 10:38-42), but they keep hitting their mark in me. So do the ones that followed, “there is need […]

The hope of our calling

What do you see when you look at a lump of coal? Do you see merely a lump of coal? Or do you see fire? Steam to drive engines and light cities? Coal is not our best source of energy, but for a long time it was exactly suited to our level of development. Now […]

You are called to be sent

The future is arriving faster than anyone expected. I don’t say that because I’m growing older, although I admit my Medicare card arrived a lot sooner than I expected. People who live and work at the frontier of creativity and technology are saying it, too. “For the first time in history,” one futurist wrote recently, […]

You are called to bless

Rex Ryan changed his tattoo. The new head coach for the Buffalo Bills had been sporting a tattoo of his wife Michelle dressed in a Jets-green jersey. After being fired as head coach of the Jets and coming to work for the Bills, Ryan had the color of his tattoo changed to Bills blue. Ryan […]

Going the distance

The season of Lent comes with a hard question. When do the gifts of God, meant to help us in our journey of faith, become obstacles that prevent us from reaching our destination? When do green pastures that restore our souls become soft couches on which we lie down into the sleep of spiritual death? […]