11th Hour Preacher Party: Always in season

Perversely, since I stepped out of parish/congregational ministry, I’ve fallen in love all over again with the texts that, week after week, speak into life and culture. Somehow, freed of the pressure of preaching every week, I’ve gained a new appreciation of the timeless relevance of Scripture in all that confronts the world and creation… Read More

Friday Prayer

My parents live in North Carolina, in the southeastern United States.  My dad inspects hog waste lagoons for the state of NC.  A lagoon is an open depository for hog waste slurry to manage and treat the waste from a large concentration of animals.  Since Hurrican Florence, the count of dead hogs (including sows with… Read More

Friday Festival: Displaced

Our bloggers are talking about the experience of being displaced, moved out of the familiar into something new.  Life moves us into new places and routines, or God can call us into a holy displacement.   It’s a mystery gift that involves discomfort as we move toward something different.  Other times it’s just painful. As relationships… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Grandpa’s Tent

I received a free copy of this book for review. No promises were made in exchange for the book.  There are not many picture books that deal with death. More specifically, there are not many Christian picture books that accurately and adequately discuss the process of the body dying, but the Christian hope of eternal… Read More

Ordiversary Party: September!

It’s time for the September Ordiversary Party! If you were (or are being) ordained in September, we celebrate you and your ministry! Keep up the good work, friends. This is the chance to share your stories, and your advice for new ordinands, and for us to give thanks for all that God has done through… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

God of many names We lift up those facing the ravages of storms that go by many names Present storms and storms that have passed, leaving stark reminders of just how small  and vulnerable we are The fear is real The loss is real The trauma is real Bring peace and restoration to every person,… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Soap Opera in Egypt (Genesis 39:1-23)

Some people live their whole lives in the same hometown, marry the person next door, and work in the family business.  Not much changes in their lives from year to year.  Joseph is not one of those people.  He has more ups and downs in a month than most people ever experience.  He moves from… Read More