Category: Blog


Screeching Computers

The old computer I usually work on is screeching like a cat. The fan that keeps it from overheating has given up the ghost. My sermon notes are on it and I’m not sure it will give them up. (I am typing this on the other computer in the house.) Fortunately, my sermon is mostly […]


Saturdays for a preacher

Saturdays feel different to me than other people.  For most people it is the day after the work week, to do with what you will, whether that be household chores you haven’t gotten to all week or leisure activities.  For me, Saturday is the day I must make major progress in the process of preparing […]


Named and anointed; treasures hidden and discovered.

Yesterday I attended a district meeting of clergy with my oldest friend David. Usually, I must admit, I don’t much care for such gatherings. This one was better than usual. A couple of reasons come to mind: The clarity with which I began the day. The presence of my friend David (on disability, he usually […]


Simple Choices

Another day. A long day yesterday and another long day ahead today. How to keep focused, creative, and open. And how NOT to succumb to the darkness in its many forms: anxiety, irritability, hostility, despair.  How to choose love. When it comes down to it, that’s what life is all about. Simple choices. To consciously […]


Prayer and laughter

So I sat at my computer this morning for 15 minutes writing the day’s post and then the computer went awol on me and my words evaporated into cyberspace mist.  Frustrating. Also another reminder of my attachment to my own words.  When my last breath comes I will have to let go of all my […]


Tuesday early morning

Today is Tuesday, which for me means stumbling out the door half awake with bed head at 7 a.m. to have breakfast at a local diner with a small group of men. I’ve been doing this for years. The breakfast is so much a part of my routine that a year and a half ago […]


More words by a Preacher

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the fact that I have been writing a sermon each week and preaching it most Sundays for the past 25 years. I mentioned in my sermon yesterday that I had calculated that this works out to something like over 500 total hours of actual preaching, or 21 straight […]