The Summons: A Reflection on Matthew 4.12-23

One of the most important moments in anyone’s life is the moment when we realize that we’re the grown up in the room; we’re the one who has to solve the problem, or step up into leadership. If done right, it’s a moment where we step into our identity and strength and truly become adults. … Continue reading The Summons: A Reflection on Matthew 4.12-23

The Lamb of God: A Reflection on John 1.29-42

There are few things more engaging in communication than a good metaphor. Not only do metaphors make what we’re saying more interesting, but they can often help to get across the emotion or experience of something better than a simple description. For example, a few years ago I described how I was feeling about life … Continue reading The Lamb of God: A Reflection on John 1.29-42

It Only Takes a Spark: A Reflection for Epiphany 2023

A blessed feast of Epiphany to you all! While this feast doesn’t really register much with most of us today, it was, historically, the second most important feast of the Christian year, after only Easter. Its original meaning was as a typical mid-winter celebration of light, using the lengthening days as a symbol of divine … Continue reading It Only Takes a Spark: A Reflection for Epiphany 2023

Year-End Practices, New Year Planning

This is my annual post encouraging readers to be intentional about ending the year, and starting the new one, as well as possible. Every year, I spend my morning quiet time in the days between Christmas and New Years treating the process of looking back at the year that was and ahead to the year … Continue reading Year-End Practices, New Year Planning

The Gift of New Beginnings: A Reflection for Christmas Day 2022

There’s a story I think of often that comes from a former priest of mine. At the start of his ministry, he had an opportunity to go to Greece and visit with a respected monastic elder on Mount Athos. After describing to the elder all that he had done and hoped and planned to do, … Continue reading The Gift of New Beginnings: A Reflection for Christmas Day 2022