Author: Pastor Jeff

23
Oct

Stories

Everybody loves a good story, and inside every human being there is a good story — the story of their lives. More often than not the story does not get told and therefore is never heard. And this is a shame. Although I wouldn’t go so far as to say our stories ARE our souls, […]

21
Oct

At Marge’s Bedside

Crammed into an ICU room A dozen persons brought together by shared affection Keep watch — A husband, two daughters, a son and assorted friends — All dressed in matching light blue robes of sanitized hospital gowns, Surrounding the beloved, As she — Robed in well-bleached sheets, Takes her final breaths — The scene strangely […]

18
Oct

Showing up

Once upon a time he had been a pastor. Some twenty years ago I had been with him on a retreat for pastors.  I didn’t known him well, but he had told a story at that retreat which had stayed with me over all the years.  The story was this: At the end of worship […]

17
Oct

Not really grumpy old geezers afterall

A conversation about compassion from last week with Joe lingers with me. I think that in our usual stressed out state of mind, our capacity for compassion seems extremely limited. Joe suggested compassion seemed “unnatural” to us. It seems rather to me that compassion is the natural state that is rediscovered when we are able […]

16
Oct

Homesick

Once again, I’m not sure what to write about. I was up late last night finishing off a eulogy for a funeral this morning, and getting a grant application together for our HIV/AIDS retreat in June (the deadline to get it in is today.) So I’m tired. I ate cookies and cereal late at night […]

15
Oct

What is

At the outset, I don’t know that this post will have a “theme.”  This morning is an unusual Sunday in so far as I won’t be preaching later.  My friend David is preaching, pre-arranged so as to give me a break from the process so I could focus on getting other stuff done; specifically, church […]

14
Oct

Getting candy for truth telling

In my children’s sermons, I generally just come up with an idea and run with it with the kids — not a whole lot of pre-planing.  Last Sunday, I was casting about for some way to connect to the Job passage I was going to preach about later in the service with the adults. The […]

13
Oct

My life in sports

When I was a youth, I was consumed with sports. I poured over the sports pages and soaked up statistics. I spent countless hours with my older brother throwing the football or having a catch with a baseball. In ninth grade, I remember having to write in my English class what I wanted to be […]

12
Oct

Autumn Days

These are some of the best days of the year, these autumn days when the colors burst forth so brilliantly in their swan song, before the leaves all fall revealing the trees so barren, before the grand larceny is committed with turned back clocks, robbing us of the exquisite late afternoon light. On crisp Autumn […]

11
Oct

Rorzak Tests and wondering who we are

I often have the impression that my sermons serve as a kind of a spiritual Rorzak Test, the psychological test where insight is revealed into someone’s psyche through the pictures the person conjures up in random ink blots.  What I imagine myself to be saying on a given Sunday morning and what people hear me […]