Ash Wednesday makes me nervous.
It's not the ashes themselves that make me uneasy. It's not trying to form the perfect paste of dirt and oil that makes my heart race. It's not the the whispered comments about Lent being "too Catholic" for United Methodists that make me squirm.
What makes me nervous about Ash Wednesday are the vessels holding the muddy mix: pottery made from earth's clay and shaped into masterpieces. Read More
This Is Us tells a really good story.
And a good story, founded in love and meaning, makes you feel not like an observer but like part of "us"--part of a community that draws you outside of yourself.
A good story deserves good, focused attention.
A good story brings out the best in us.
A good story draws us back to the old, old story of Jesus and his love. Read More
When Jesus commanded onlookers to unbind the resurrected Lazarus, it's easy for us 21st century readers to imagine a hub of excitement and dancing and celebration around the miracle man. But unbinding takes time. Unbinding requires intention so as not to further hurt the one who has been bound. Read More