Wandering Hearts: A Lenten Journey

As a high school English teacher, most of my days could be a bit unpredictable: with 30 teenaged variables in one room, one cannot always expect consistent results or responses to any given topic.  With one exception, which always went something like this: “Alright,...

Halftime

Mark 9:2–9 Text Focus Sentence: Mark’s gospel presents the transfiguration as a preview of what would become apparent to Jesus’ followers after he rose from the dead. Confused disciples are given a vision of God’s glory manifest in the beloved Son. Sermon Focus...

Rise and Shine: You Ain’t Heard Nothin’ Yet 

‘You ain’t heard nothin’ yet.” That one phrase, those five words, heralded the most profound change in the history not only of film, but of worldwide entertainment. Which is interesting, considering it has since been replaced in popular usage with the phrase, “you...

Rise and Shine: Good to Go

“The shortest distance between two people is a story.” I don’t know who first said that (there seem to be conflicting attributions), but I often repeat it because I have found it to be so true. It is in and through stories that we truly get to know someone. Trusting...

Rise and Shine: Breaking and Entering

I’ve always been intrigued by the nicknames that have been given to notable kings, royalty, or leaders throughout the ages. I’m talking about the descriptors that come after their names that encapsulate something about their character or achievements (or lack...

Rise and Shine: Making Resolution

Well, it’s that time again: the season of New Year’s resolutions. Now, if you’re making a resolution, there are several important steps to keep in mind. Step 1, of course, is the setting of intentions: making one’s resolutions for the new year, and those resolutions...