The Gift of Presence

The Gift of Presence

Imagine, the creator of the cosmos, who chose from among his numberless galaxies, one tiny rock of a planet to enter human life; to become a wailing, wrinkled newborn – wow! In the words of Tim Keller, it is “baffling and beautiful” Sadly,the mystery of the...
Empathy is Hard. Do it Anyway.

Empathy is Hard. Do it Anyway.

We’ve talked a lot about empathy lately on Sunday mornings. What exactly are we referring to? First off, empathy is not sympathy. Sympathy has to do with pity and experiencing sadness for another person, while empathy is much deeper. A quick Google search will define...
Invitations to Listen

Invitations to Listen

“God comes to you. God comes to you disguised. God comes to you disguised as your own life.” – Paula D’Arcy I love this quote, and it reflects in many ways my own personal spiritual journey this past year.  I think I sometimes miss the presence of...
Questioning God

Questioning God

As long as I can remember, I’ve been a curious person; wanting to know why things are the way they are, or how things came to be that way. However, as I grew up, I came to understand that there were some things that you just didn’t ask questions about. One of those...
How the Physical Affects the Spiritual

How the Physical Affects the Spiritual

Have you ever felt too tired to pray?  I remember reading a book on spiritual growth by John Ortberg and he said, “Sleeping can be one of the most spiritual things you can do.”  It’s a quote that’s stuck with me throughout my ministry years that highlights an...