April 17, 2017

Yesterday we came to the high point of the Christian year, the celebration of the Lord’s resurrection from the dead. The English word “Easter” comes from an ancient name for the spring equinox, but in French, the word for Easter is “Pâques.” That word comes from the He...

March 26, 2017

Driving up the Central Coast to a meeting, Evelyne and I espied a bright little chocolate shop. We marched inside, and the young woman behind the counter—the owner—struck up a conversation. She then naturally and warmly segued from talking about her shop into telling t...

March 19, 2017

There’s a creative tension in the Christian life.  The tension is to live in the world and for the world without being defined by the world, but rather by Jesus Christ and his Word.  We can swing to different extremes; if we’re too optimistic about the world, we allow...

March 6, 2017

Perhaps you have sat in on a public debate where conflicting values come into play—-a debate, say, how to balance economic growth with the need for preserving the community. Or how to balance the right of free speech with respect for others' feelings? Behind those disc...

March 1, 2017

Mission or Maintenance

I know a congregation that meets in a glorious French gothic cathedral. It’s one of the most magnificent buildings I’ve ever seen. But if you visit there on a Sunday morning, you’ll only find twenty or thirty people meeting for worship in a sanctu...

January 27, 2017

In the fourth chapter of the Gospel of Mark, Jesus tells a little story:

He also said, "This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground.  Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.  Al...

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