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Tag: grace

I am prepared to be humbled.

The members of the congregation will frankly tell the call committee what they would never say to my face. Their wishes for the next pastor will expose my weaknesses, failures and negligence.

Just take a walk

I don’t get to see many fall colors on trees in Florida, so this one just kind of jumped out at me when I was walking Sam. The palm trees […]

“What is grace?”

Busted. A student in my confirmation gently raised her hand and asked, “What’s grace?” I toss that word around like it were obvious to everyone. Guess what? It’s not. “Grace […]

How about some grace?

So, if I weren’t a pastor and I went to a church somewhere, what would I expect of the pastor? I think that’s a heck of a question, one worth […]


A few years ago I wrote this in one of my journals, a prayer prompt of sorts: “So, where are we going today, Jesus?” I had been musing about following […]

Paths of grace: Gratitude

(Transcription of Sunday, August 27, 2017 sermon.) So here we are talking about gratitude and it’s not even Thanksgiving! Maybe you think I’m pushing things a little too fast, but […]

Paths of grace: Love

(Sunday, August 20, 2017 sermon — 1 Corinthians 13:1-3) Even though the church tries to makes a lot of noise, it seems like no one is listening. We work hard […]

One of those Sundays

It was one of those Sundays. I lost my focus and then my place, stumbling over words I’ve spoken dozens of times introducing a baptism. The organ got stuck on […]

An awkward interruption

One of the great things about being a pastor is that you never lack for new experiences. I’ll close out the first month of January with one I had today […]