Living expansively and within boundaries

Many years ago I was driving an old bus with a friend. He had gutted a 40 year-old highway bus, wired it with sophisticated recording equipment, and turned it into a mobile recording studio. I was a roadie for him and was driving on our way to a recording job. This was one of those […]

Some thoughts after Easter

One of my favorite authors, Richard Rohr, writes in one of his books, “We only see what we are looking for, we only hear what we are listening for.” He is referring to our tendency to get so locked into our own perspective, so accustomed to our own way of thinking, our so focused on […]

Lent: and then comes despair

I hate to wait. I hate waiting in line at the grocery store, especially when the person at the front of the line is counting out nickels and pennies or arguing over a 15 cent coupon. I hate waiting at an intersection when the person in front is waiting for traffic to clear in all […]

Lent: Holy Week or Holy Hell

It’s Good Friday, the day the bottom dropped out for the disciples. And once again, Holy Week is a microcosm of life. My Lenten meditations were intended to be thought provoking, inspiring, challenging, and comforting. When I read or think something that nudges me a step closer to the kind of inner life I hope […]

Lent: Holy Week whiplash

There’s a “why” to every “what.” The week we call Holy Week must have been a whiplash for the followers of Jesus. Beginning with a coronation parade, there were crowds, cheers, waving palm branches, and exuberance. All was good. They were ready to see the triumphant conclusion of the previous three years. Jesus was going […]

Lent: When things begin to unravel

Holy Week is such a microcosm of life. On Palm Sunday life was looking good for the followers of Jesus. They had come through long periods of not much happening, an occasional miracle, lots of confusion and normal life, yet always with the anticipation that something good was coming. Palm Sunday seemed to be that […]

Lent: Developing curiosity

“…we write to make sense of out of chaos. Through our stories we come to find the patterns in a random universe and from those patterns we find comfort.” I read that statement this morning as I prepared to write today’s Lenten thought. The author, Laraine Herring, was writing about the importance of curiosity. If […]

Lent: opening up

While thinking about today’s entry, I had a flashback of a conversation 40 years ago with Dr. Culbert Rutenber. What a name. “Cubbie” as he was called was a past president of the American Baptist Association and retired faculty member of Andover Newton Seminary. In his retirement he had moved to Austin, Texas. He joined […]

Lent: the church as a container

I grew up Southern Baptist where once each month, on Wednesday evening, we gathered for a church-wide “business meeting.” The meeting included a host of reports from different groups and addressed all kinds of things having to do with money, budget, personnel, ministry projects, and whatever else needed congregational input or decision. When I joined […]

Lent: the Bible as a container

Yesterday I ended with the statement of how important AND limited our “containers” are. They are important because they provide a structure of our lives and our thinking. The container is made of the rules, regulations, and ideas of our early authorities. These gave us our start and allowed us to make sense of the […]