Looking for Good Fruit

Read Luke 3:7-14,  here’s a highlight:“Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham.“ Here is John the Baptist, preaching to his...

Our Doubts can be Gifts

“After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of...

Symbols of Strength

The little park near my house is littered with acorns. These little nuts cover parts of the sidewalk: some intact, some crushed, some stripped by squirrels, some just the cute little caps. As I walk my dog she sniffs every acorn, I marvel at the difference in size...

Lenses

I recently spent an afternoon at a park watching my daughter have her senior pictures taken. First, I just need to say I’m still in awe of how we got to this point. It feels like yesterday that I was bundling her up in new school clothes, packing her lunch and...

The Apple

If you grew up in a congregation, from the time you were young, you have known about the story of Adam, Eve, the apple, and that crafty serpent. I’m not sure who gets a worse reputation in this story: Eve, who is always blamed; Adam, who goes along but points a finger...

Our Roots are not in Sin

Over Labor Day weekend we went to see the public art exhibit, “Roseville in Bloom,” which is a series of rose statues scattered throughout Roseville. Our favorite was “Harmony in Nature,” by Jill Osiecki. The front petals of the rose are each a different animal: deer,...