At the beginning of April, I got to share a bit of the story of the community where I pastor, Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church, at the NEXT Church National Gathering. Here is a video link to my presentation.
I recently read that a caterpillar in a cocoon essentially
turns to mush. Its body becomes soup as its frame is reconstructed inside the
safety of its drawn-in walls.
don’t have some lofty vision of being reconstructed or growing wings or any
such nonsense, but I do feel cocooned, cocooning, cocoonish, a compulsion to cocoon. I find myself wanting to draw back,
draw in, hunker down in quiet. I am dissolving in a puddle of tired
contendedness, moving slowly through the world.
My heart beats calm and steady most of the time, which feels
noticeable; the rushes of adrenaline and anxiety, excitement and anticipation,
worry and work juggling are far from me, like a dream. Like someone else’s life. I hear friends and colleagues in ministry talking
about leading meetings and preparing sermons, and I feel aghast. My first, uncensored thought is, “I
could NEVER do that!” – and I find myself momentarily gazing at them with
admiration and awe, even though just four weeks ago I was doin…
Parables Series - Week 2! (Here's Week 1, Week 3 and Week 4) Peter is so reliable at asking the things everyone else just thinks but is afraid to say outloud.
He’s like an adorable, feisty kindergartner who predictably shoots up his hand
and waves it frantically around, brow furrowed, biting his lip, at nearly
every new thing the teacher says. You want to be annoyed with him, but he’s so
darn sincere and trying so hard to get it right, that you can’t help but smile. Just like last time, today's parable is an answer to a question by Peter. Yes, Peter? What is it? What
could Peter have asked to get Jesus to tell this
story? What burning question compelled
him? Just before this Jesus has just
been approached by a very wealthy man, who asked him, What good deeds must I do to have eternal life?And Jesus answered, “Why do you ask me about what is good. There is only one who is good. If
you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” The man asked which
ones, and Je…
At that time Jesus said, ‘I thank you, Father,
Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise
and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such
was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father;
and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except
the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.