Tag Archives: commitment

The long white line

“When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, ‘Who is this’” (Matt. 21:10)? The actors are in their places, the musicians are poised with their instruments, the conductor’s baton is raised. Everything is ready for the curtain to rise. Even the audience is ready, or so we like to think. The first […]

A ham-or-eggs life

It’s difficult to pinpoint the moment when spring arrives. It tiptoes up to us, subtle and shy, trying hard not to show itself. And then, before we’re aware of it, everything is changing. Here’s how Todd Nelson described it in the Christian Science Monitor. “The junipers may still be shagged with ice. Ice-fishing shacks still […]

The way of discipleship

Jesus’ journey to the new life of resurrection began, I believe, not at his conception or birth or baptism. It did not begin in his choices during forty days of testing in the wilderness, nor with the beginning of his preaching and healing. I believe Jesus’ real journey toward the fulfillment of his life on […]

On rebuilding the church

What must it feel like, I wonder, for my home church to be destroyed overnight? The members of our congregation in Brocton could tell me. Hours before they were to gather for worship last Sunday, fire completely gutted their sanctuary and fellowship hall. Now many of them must be walking around in what their pastor […]