Called together

Download I received what I think was my best preparation for ministry in a time of Covid several years ago at a weekend retreat at Mt. Wesley in Kerrville. It wasn’t a leadership forum; or a crisis management training event. It wasn’t a… Read More


Download Helen Keller was born in Alabama in 1880, healthy and well. At 19 months of age she experienced an unidentified illness—possibly scarlet fever, maybe meningitis—that left her both deaf and blind, plunging her overnight into a world of silence and darkness. She… Read More

The house of bread

Download “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It was the age of wisdom. It was the age of foolishness. It was the epoch of belief. It was the epoch of incredulity. It was the season of light. Read More


Download Good morning. I want to share a word with you that you’ve heard a lot this year—unprecedented. Aren’t you pretty tired of it? Almost as tired of the word “unprecedented” as “Mm. Excuse me, excuse me, you’re unmuted. Uh uh. You need… Read More

Open Hands

Download The three magi in the nativity scene on the shelf in the living room at Pat and Paul Christley’s home weren’t holding the traditional gifts: gold, frankincense, myrrh. The first was holding a baby bottle; practical; the second was holding a wrapped… Read More

Nature’s Gospel

Download Winter solstice is upon us. In the northern hemisphere, tomorrow marks the shortest day and longest night of the year. This entire Advent season we’ve been talking about “watching for the light,” during which time the light has actually been slowly receding… Read More

Watching for the Light: Christmas and the Chorister’s Prayer

Download Painted on the wall in the church’s choir room is an old prayer;  I mean an old prayer. The Chorister’s Prayer dates from about 400 A.D. If you haven’t seen it there, once the building is open again, go have a look. Read More

Watching for the Light: Preparing

Download Well, it is so good to be with each and every one of you here this morning at Laurel Heights United Methodist Church on this Second Sunday of Advent – a four-week journey that serves to prepare the way to Christmas, and… Read More

Watching for the Light: Awakening

Download “We teach our children one thing only, the same thing we ourselves were taught: to wake up.” I’m sure Annie Dillard’s words stir up colorful memories for parents, and for kids, and for parents who used to be kids about experiences of… Read More