How will you share your story?

I am not cradle Episcopalian.  I was raised in the Baptist Church…Southern Baptist in Texas.  Grew up with the beliefs, the traditions, the doctrine, and the expression of that denomination within the Christian faith.  I am an alumnus of Baylor University which is the Baptist university within Texas.  I will return to this in a … Continue reading How will you share your story?

Where Have You been? Where Are You Going?

Today, we are a week past the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  A week ago, Jesus left His disciples and walked the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Pain, alone.  Some watched Him.  Some left Him.  One denied Him.  One betrayed Him.   And then there's Thomas.  Our Thomas who says that he will not … Continue reading Where Have You been? Where Are You Going?

All Soul’s Day Interment Service

There was once a velveteen rabbit, and in the beginning he was really splendid. He was fat and bunchy, as a rabbit should be; his coat was spotted brown and white, he had real thread whiskers, and his ears were lined with pink sateen. On Christmas morning, when he sat wedged in the top of … Continue reading All Soul’s Day Interment Service

What do you mean I have to stop?

It was Winnie the Pooh who said, “Some people say that nothing is impossible.  Well, I do nothing every day.”   It was Audrey Hepburn who said, “I have to be alone very often. I'd be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That's how I refuel.” … Continue reading What do you mean I have to stop?

What should I ask for?

There’s a story written by a brilliant, moral fiber of our American South.  An author of significant renown who, upon hearing about the death of a neighbor, said, “I did not attend his funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying that I approved of it.”  This witty man of significant depth of character, two … Continue reading What should I ask for?

Suffering, Relationship, and Baptism

“The sun lay on the grass and warmed it, and in the shade under the grass the insects moved, ants and ant lions to set traps for them, grasshoppers to jump into the air and flick their yellow wings for a second, and bugs like little armadillos, plodding restlessly on many tender feet.  And over … Continue reading Suffering, Relationship, and Baptism

When is this ever going to get easier?

Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote: “Below the thunders of the upper deep; Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea, His ancient, dreamless, uninvited sleep The Kraken sleeps:  faintest sunlights flee About his shadowy sides:  above him swell Huge sponges of millennial growth and height; And far away into the sickly light, From many a wondrous grot … Continue reading When is this ever going to get easier?

Are you sure it’s me that you really need?

"Once there was a tree.... and she loved a little boy. And everyday the boy would come and he would gather her leaves and make them into crowns and play king of the forest. He would climb up her trunk and swing from her branches and eat apples. And they would play hide-and-go-seek. And when … Continue reading Are you sure it’s me that you really need?

Did Jesus redefine what family actually is?

I’m not a joke teller.  I couldn’t even tell a knock knock joke to save my life.  I always get the punch line wrong or I forget to tell an important nugget of the story that is critical to making the joke actually work.  So, if you ever hear me tell a complete and funny … Continue reading Did Jesus redefine what family actually is?