Holy Week Reflections (2018) – Fruit on the Road From Bethany

   I think Jesus liked figs.  At the top of His last week, He curses a fig tree for its leafy show without fruitfulness, just as He had referenced another fig tree in a parable earlier in His ministry.  In the parable, the keeper intercedes for the tree, buying it some more time for fruit-bearing.  … Continue reading Holy Week Reflections (2018) – Fruit on the Road From Bethany

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Holy Week Reflections (2018) – The King’s Ride

I love Easter!      I love ceremony that helps seal my awareness and that celebrates the restorative, reconciling events of life on planet earth, and Easter is just about the most important Bridge Event that ever was. This, my first post this holy season, will not have any specifically cross-cultural references, such as the … Continue reading Holy Week Reflections (2018) – The King’s Ride

 Slow walk to Refreshing

Antsy...! That was the word! I had stuff to do - projects to start or finish - but wandered around the house dictated to by the demands of existence rather than accepting the invitations of Life. My devotional routine seemed fine. I was keeping up fairly well with the church's Bible reading project (I had … Continue reading  Slow walk to Refreshing

The Danger (and Safety) of Burning Evergreens

   A few years ago, having given in to our nature-loving daughter's pleas, we once more purchased a natural evergreen for our Christmas tree. Truth is I could hardly wait for the twelve days of Christmas to pass to move the shedding alpine from the living room. Then, in my pragmatic, Jamaican, 'Tu'n you' han' … Continue reading The Danger (and Safety) of Burning Evergreens

Song of the Ages, Pt II: Join the Song

     My spiral of despair slowed as I studied Scripture on the bath-stool Christmas Eve morn. Could the glory of Christmas handle such a down and dark day in the story of my life? Noah lived in a generation of dark days. From sin's cacophony and the rising dirge of the antediluvian age's dreadful death … Continue reading Song of the Ages, Pt II: Join the Song

Song of the Ages, Pt I: The God Who is Near

     Confronted by my weakness in every aspect of my being, I sat dejected and desperate this Christmas Eve morning in my bathroom.      "God, help me! I am in pain. I feel unable to control even my own thoughts", I wrestled internally.      Surgeries, medication, doctor visits, MANY doctor visits, had brought … Continue reading Song of the Ages, Pt I: The God Who is Near

Cain’s Real Problem (Hint: It was not difficulty finding a wife)

In their most superficial wrestlings against the veracity of Scripture, young people often throw out questions to Christian apologists such as, “Where did Cain get his wife?” However, today, apologetics ministries such as Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), report that on college and university campuses all over the world, the questions have gotten deeper, more … Continue reading Cain’s Real Problem (Hint: It was not difficulty finding a wife)

Answering the Cry for Safe Spaces

Maybe we had been too quick to join the crowd of the outraged, sneering in disdain at the swelling tide of screaming, crying, angry youth, demanding ‘Safe Spaces’ on their campuses, in their world.  “Our college kids are not running around making such demands”, we have tried to assure ourselves. “And we certainly didn't engage … Continue reading Answering the Cry for Safe Spaces

The Faithful Fight for ‘First’

  I drank in the time-honored melody of the hymn as it poured over the neighborhood from the electronic bell tones of the Methodist Church. ‘Great is Thy Faithfulness’ it chimed, as I finally seated myself, breathless, on the dusty porch chair. Cup of tea, Bible, journal, pen? No. No pen but I was finally here and the … Continue reading The Faithful Fight for ‘First’

Tarantella at Sea, Pt 2 — Christ in Our Ordinary Storms

I can only imagine the jaw-dropping experience it must have been for the curator and other staff of the New England museum as they stood, the morning after, March 18, 1990, before the empty frame still hanging on the wall. Rembrandt’s 1663 masterpiece, ‘Christ in the Storm’, had been stolen. Searching around on the Internet … Continue reading Tarantella at Sea, Pt 2 — Christ in Our Ordinary Storms