Word, water and 10

“Go near and listen to all that the Lord our God says. Then tell us whatever the Lord our God tells you. We will listen and obey.” Deuteronomy 5:27 Lately I’ve been spending some in depth time with these ten beautiful words, known as the Ten Commandments. I’ve wondered what it might look like if we took these words from… Continue reading Word, water and 10

Word, Water and Prayer

The Persistent Widow “Are we there yet?” How many can remember hearing this question on a family car ride. “Are we there yet?” The question must be programmed into a child’s brain from an early age, because it is inevitable that a young child will ask the question at least once in their life. And… Continue reading Word, Water and Prayer

Word, water and Phoebe

“I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church in Cenchreae. I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of his people and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been the benefactor of many people, including me.” Romans 16:1-2 The… Continue reading Word, water and Phoebe

Word water and gaps

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My favorite scripture is Micah 6:8.  He has told you, O man, what is good;     and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness,     and to walk humbly with your God? Every time I hear this scripture I am moved and convicted in a new and different way.… Continue reading Word water and gaps

Word, water and seeing

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“Most of the time, God does the naming. Abraham.Isaac. Israel.  Just one person in all your sacred Scripture dared to name God, and it wasn’t a priest, prophet, warrior, or king. It was I, Hagar–foreigner, woman, slave.” (“The Well” – a monologue from Hagar // Genesis 16 from Inspired by Rachel Held Evans) We know… Continue reading Word, water and seeing

Word, water and committees

Observing the Committee on Race and Gender Justice on zoom.
General Assembly 225, June 23, 2022

Can a committee meeting be a tangible experience of God’s grace in action? Ask a Presbyterian and we might roll our eyes a bit. Committee work is grinding, awkward, and often full of hoops. It can seem very void of God’s Spirit. However, Presbyterians keep using the model of committees to engage the work of… Continue reading Word, water and committees

Word, water and sermons

Pastors love to think that the sermons we spend countless hours on have the ability to move mountains. It’s a secret desire of every pastor, no matter the denomination, to be heard and followed. All three of the top Myer’s Briggs personality types for pastors are extroverted. A common challenge for pastors is the need… Continue reading Word, water and sermons

Word, water and Spectacle

Easter Morning the cross at Marysville Memorial Presbyterian Church is draped with new life!

On Easter morning Christians stand up together and declare the one truth that binds us together in faith “He is Risen!” This a grand story, filled with drama and completely post-worthy, by today’s social media standards. One of the more dramatic readings of the resurrection is in Matthew 28. To read the account in Matthew… Continue reading Word, water and Spectacle

Word, water and Love

Every so often I find myself reflecting on the following question “Am I as literal as Jesus in love and mercy, or do I rationalize it away and compartmentalize it so it doesn’t apply to situations in my life?” It makes me stop for a moment and think about the way I interpret the call… Continue reading Word, water and Love