The Wanderer

I’m a big fan of both U2 and Johnny Cash, so I can’t believe I was unaware of this song. Powerful lyrics and performances. Thanks for sharing, Phil. Enjoy! Written by Bono (U2) Peformed by Johnny Cash I went out walking through streets paved with gold Lifted some stones, saw the skin and bones Of…

A Bedtime Prayer (Psalm 4)

Today, many of us sink our weary heads onto our pillows and fall asleep staring at our smart phone screens, scrolling Facebook one last time, trying to clear our email inbox, or checking the newsfeed again. And studies keep revealing our tech habits are producing one of the most anxious and emotionally unsettled societies in…

Basil the Great: Epiphany

“Stars cross the sky, wise men journey from pagan lands, earth receives its savior in a cave. Let there be no one without a gift to offer, no one without gratitude as we celebrate the salvation of the world, the birthday of the human race. Now it is no longer, “dust you are and to…

Truth & Grace (by Darrelyn Tutt)

Two voices spoke from single face: One named truth, the other grace. Truth was stern, direct and strong, Truth declared the right from wrong. Truth proclaimed the pure and right, Truth distinguished dark from light. Everything he spoke was true; Truth had perfect point of view. Overwhelmed by all he said, I sat, I wept…

Seven Stanzas at Easter (J. Updike)

“Make no mistake: if He rose at all it was as His body; if the cells’ dissolution did not reverse, the molecules reknit, the amino acids rekindle, the church will fall…. Let us not mock God with metaphor,  Analogy, sidestepping transcendence; Making of the even a parable, a sign painted in the faded credulity of…

POEM: “Expand” by Danny Evans

Our friend Danny Evans is writing poems each week for a series of sermons on the seven days of creation based on Steve Wiens’ book Beginnings: The First Seven Days of the Rest of Your Life (2016). Enjoy! EXPAND by Danny Evans Now is your chance for expanse. It’s time to broaden where you are going to the God who…

POEM: “Light” by Danny Evans

Our friend Danny Evans is writing poems each week for a series of sermons on the seven days of creation based on Steve Wiens’ book Beginnings: The First Seven Days of the Rest of Your Life (2016). Enjoy! DAY ONE: LIGHT by Danny Evans The dark made all afraid, But a spark came to its aid. Before…

Prayer of Civil War Soldier

I asked God for strength that I might achieve. I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey. I asked God for health, that I might do greater things. I was given infirmity that I might do better things. I asked for riches that I might be happy. I was given poverty, that…