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Risking reverence

Download Joshua Bell is one of the world’s most gifted and renowned violinists in the classical form. With a Stradivarius violin valued at around 4 million dollars, he performs in sold-out concert halls around the globe. As part of an experiment undertaken with… Read More

Wait for the Lord

Download Yesterday marked a somber anniversary. One year ago, on February 6, 2020, Patricia Dowd, a 57 year-old resident of San Jose California, became the first American to die of Covid-19. Patricia, who was enjoying a successful career as an auditor, left behind… Read More

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Download It’s always an interesting experience for modern readers to encounter tales of evil or unclean spirits in the Bible. Exorcisms and demons and evil spirits were not uncommon in stories from Jesus’ time, but they’re more foreign to us, except perhaps in… Read More

Crossing over

Download What would you say is the most remarkable miracle in the gospels? Walking on water? Feeding the five thousand? Healing the blind man? Curing a woman’s daughter remotely? For me, it might be this: the calling of the fishermen. Why? Well, not… Read More

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

Openings

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

Unprecedented

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