Ever been in Mary’s shoes?

Last year I read through Kenneth Bailey’s book “Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes” – and his observations in the opening chapter around the birth story of Jesus, as told by Luke, captured my attention. Bailey set the story in the context of the way homes were built and how the culture of hospitality worked in… Continue reading Ever been in Mary’s shoes?

Zechariah & the Christmas Story

Every year when I unpack the Christmas decorations, there’s a devotional book on advent that I unpack as well. It’s called “God is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. It’s a compilation of sermon notes, letters he wrote to his fiancé when he was in prison during WWII, and quotes… Continue reading Zechariah & the Christmas Story

The Cross over Empire

To say I have “studied” the book of Revelation would be a gross over-statement. Rather, I can say I have spent the last four classes of this semester looking at the themes and talking about how first century people would have understood the letter and apocalyptic style of writing of the day. It has been… Continue reading The Cross over Empire

How do you define home?

Ever walked into a place and just felt like it was home? For those of you who had a good home life, this question probably brings back warm feelings, good memories, and a sense of “yeah… I know what that feels like. It’s good” I realize that for others, that question can evoke a general… Continue reading How do you define home?

Lessons from a marathon

Two weeks ago we walked out of church and heard cheering a block or so away. Curious, my husband and I headed down to Pearl Street to see what was going on. Turns out, that day was the first ever “Boulderthon” – the inaugural half and full marathon for Boulder – and we were right… Continue reading Lessons from a marathon

What exactly is worship?

I bet you wouldn’t necessarily think that sports and worship go together (and I don’t mean Sunday afternoon football, although there’s always that this time of year). I am thinking more, have you ever considered that your morning workout, your team sport, your personal commitment to fitness has a place in the life of faith?… Continue reading What exactly is worship?

Rescuing the Story of God

If you were to ask my kids what I was like as a mom, I’m sure they would have a number of both good and not so good things to say (after all, I’m not perfect and they are in their 20’s and figuring out who they are because of and in spite of their… Continue reading Rescuing the Story of God

The Imagery of Sacrifice

If I were to ask you the first thing that came to mind when I said the word “sacrifice” – what would you say? Time? Money? Something someone does when they set aside something they really wanted to do? or maybe something more sinister based on a variety of shows out nowadays? It can be… Continue reading The Imagery of Sacrifice

When you grieve what’s going on a world away

My heart has been so heavy lately, for two things that I know have been all over the news. For the people of Haiti and the region where I have Haitian friends, Haitian families and pastors that have been impacted by the earthquake and heavy rain. For the families whose houses were devastated and now… Continue reading When you grieve what’s going on a world away