• God the Good & Crazy Farmer–Naming the Grief & Hope of Charleston

    Posted on July 9, 2015 by in Uncategorized

    A Service of Healing & Light for the Freedom School Partners Community June 25th, Covenant Chapel, Mark 4:1-20 I have a colleague named Albert Moses who is the pastor of Matthews Murkland Presbyterian church.  He is someone I admire greatly from afar.  He sent out a request asking those who gathered in faith communities on […]

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  • The Second Insomnia Revelation: I Am the Redeemed

    Posted on July 8, 2015 by in Uncategorized

    So, when the Lord wakes you up out of the sleep of exhaustion with the highly disturbing revelation that your life has begun to resemble nothing so much as an over-ripe watermelon about to explode its fermented guts over everyone and everything you care about—what do you do next? I can’t tell you what a […]

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  • The First Insomnia Revelation: I Am the Watermelon

    Posted on July 7, 2015 by in Uncategorized

    I have complicated feelings about watermelons.  I love them—the smell, the hydration, the colors, the price to volume ratio (fresh fruit is expensive!) and, of course, the taste. And also, I fear them.  I fear them because three summers ago a watermelon sitting on my kitchen counter spontaneously combusted. Go ahead and google ‘spontaneously exploding […]

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  • On Trees & Prophets

    Posted on June 9, 2015 by in Uncategorized

    As I write this, I’m listening to the noise of a back hoe and multiple chain saws.  Several men are removing the huge tree which grew in front of my office window.  I loved that tree.  I loved how it shaded my desk even on the hottest summer days.  I loved how it allowed me […]

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  • Why We Need Holy Saturday

    Posted on April 4, 2015 by in Uncategorized

    I love Holy Saturday. On good Friday–after the last note is sung, the last candle extinguished,  we’re left alone in the dark, alone with the truth we can’t outrun.  It is finished.  Death is real and powerful and finite.  Sin triumphed. And so on Saturday there is nothing.  No more story, nothing to do.  The […]

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  • The Gifts Saul Left Us

    Posted on February 13, 2015 by in Uncategorized

          I am haunted by Saul’s story.  I see how easily it could become my own.  But his legacy, painful though it is, is a gift to all of us called to ministry (which is all of us).  He lost his way—but if we take his life seriously, he can prevent us from […]

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  • The Kind of God Who Does That (What About Saul–Part II)

    Posted on January 30, 2015 by in Uncategorized

    (This is the 2nd in a series, read the first here) We wonder—why did God reject Saul as king? Everyone has faults—and it seems like Saul has the best kind of faults, the kind we all pretend to have on job interviews.  He worked too hard and he cared too much. Saul was only trying […]

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  • What About Saul?

    Posted on January 30, 2015 by in Uncategorized

    This Sunday we’re beginning a new worship series about David, about his anointing, his kingship and his fall from and back into grace.  There is so much richness in David’s identity—shepherd boy, poet, musician, warrior, lover, friend of God—he was Israel’s greatest King. But he wasn’t Israel’s first King.  Israel’s first King was a man […]

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  • The Trouble With Glittery Jesus

    Posted on December 17, 2014 by in Uncategorized

    This Sunday is the 4th Sunday of Advent—and the last installment of our Advent Conspiracy challenge.  So far this season, we’ve challenged ourselves to worship fully, spend less and give more .  Now we come to the final challenge– the heart of it all—love all.  So after we explore that in worship, we’re going to […]

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  • I Can Still Breathe

    Posted on December 3, 2014 by in Uncategorized

    My favorite Christmas carol is ‘In the Bleak Mid-winter.’  My husband thinks this is just what’s wrong with me.  In the season of peace and joy and hope, who sings about darkness, poverty, howling winds and a frozen earth?  This is the time when we are supposed to be celebrating the light of God coming […]

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