Lenten Devotional Series

During the Ash Wednesday service, we played with clay and marked foreheads and hands with ashes. This helps us remember that we are dust and to dust we shall return. Then again, there are too many reminders of how fragile life is and how dust-bound we all are.

Meanwhile, we live now. Now is time to dust off the scripture and read it in today's context.

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The Responsibility of the Day

Good Friday: March 30 ,2018--Mark 14:66 - 15:47: What connects us to the earthly life of Jesus? [ more ]

Maundy Thursday

Thursday, March 29, 2018--John 13:34-35 (John 13 if you have time) --"I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you."  [ more ]

Feeling Betrayed

Wednesday, March 28, 2018--John 13:21-32--How does Jesus experience betrayal and what does it mean to us? [ more ]


Tuesday, March 27, 2018--John 13:1-5b, 14-15  Where will your feet take you today? Look at people's feet today... [ more ]

I Have No Time!

Monday, March 26, 2018--Mark 12:28-34--What do we have time for spiritually? Do we really have time to love God and neighbor? [ more ]

Lenten Calisthenics

Friday, March 23--John 12:20-23 "Sir, we wish to see Jesus." Move around in the text today for some Lenten Calisthenics. [ more ]

Triumphal Train Wreck

Thursday, March 22, 2018--Mark 11:1-11--What comes after the triumphal entry into Jerusalem helps us see the irony of the palm parade and God's steadfast love. [ more ]

Hairy Dawg & that Guy with the Handkerchief & Steadfast Love

Wednesday, March 21--Psalm 118--Have you witnessed steadfast love?  [ more ]

Suffering With Us

Tuesday, March 20, 2018--Isaiah 50:4-9a--What Isaiah's description of the Suffering Servant says to us about Jesus' undying love for us. [ more ]

St. Joseph's Day

Monday, March 19, 2018—Saint Joseph's Day—I didn't know, until yesterday, that March 19th is the Feast Day for Mary's Husband and Jesus' Stepfather. Joseph had plans. [ more ]

Delighting in God All Life

Friday, March 16, 2018--Psalm 119--What does it look like for a young person to embrace God's hope for them? [ more ]

Wondrous Works

Thursday,March 15, 2018--Today is a chance to meditate on God's wondrous works. [ more ]

Jesus, Dying and Death

Jesus, Dying, and Death--John 12:20-33
What does Jesus' peace with his own death mean for us? [ more ]


Tuesday, March 13, 2018--Let's reflect on that seed that has to die.  [ more ]

My Name is King David...

Monday, March 12, 2018--Psalm 51:1-12--"My name is Yon Yonson, I live in Wisconsin, I work in a lumber mill there..."more ]


Friday, March 9, 2018-- Ephesians 3:20-21. Paul explains how God can do more than we can imagine.  [ more ]

The Un-Work of Faith

Thursday, March 8, 2018--Reading: Ephesians 2:1-10
One way to start figuring out what something is, is by describing what it ISN'T. For instance, friendship is NOT one person being there for the other but [ more ]

Patience, Please. No Snakes.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018—In Numbers 21:4-9 we read about complaining and snakes. Lots of snakes. What do we do with this passag in Lent? [ more ]

Growing with John 3:16

Tuesday, March 6, 2018--John 3:14-21
My history with John 3:16 reminds me that more light and truth may break forth over many years of reflection and encounter with biblical texts and the Holy Spirit... [ more ]

Enduring Legacy

Monday, March 5, 2018— "O give thanks to the LORD, for God is good; God's steadfast love endures forever." What enduring efforts do we attempt these days? [ more ]

Foolish God

Friday, March 2, 2018—1 Corinthians 1:18-25
This scripture reading, with its reference to foolishness, will—spoiler alert!—make an appearance in Easter Sunday worship. Is Christian faith foolish, and if so, could that be a good thing? [ more ]

Reveal Your Glory

March 1, 2018--Psalm 19--Creation speaks to us of God. The heavens and earth, the day and night, convey the mysteries of God that we could never adequately cover with well-intentioned words... [ more ]

Hodge-Podge of Hope

Wednesday, February 28, 2018--John 2:19-22
Religious traditions may not have one clear cut meaning to them. When I speak with people about baptisms, for instance, I explain the tradition is like an onion... [ more ]

Fear to Wholeness to Holiness

Tuesday, February 27, 2018--Continue to delve into Exodus 20.  Can our Lenten practice lead us from fear to wholeness to holiness? [ more ]

Before Me

Monday, February 26, 2018--We think of the Ten Commandments as leading us away from things (the "Thou Shalt Not"s), but what do they lead us toward?  [ more ]

Ray of Sunshine

Friday, February 23--Join in reading Psalm 116. What will you pray today? [ more ]

Benjamins and Coins

Thursday, February 22, 2018--We may think being a Christian means being ready to lay down our lives, but it may also be about bearing the cross in mundane, daily ways. [ more ]

Hope Against Hope

Wednesday, February 21, 2018--Do you need a little hope today?  Reflect with me on Abraham's story. [ more ]

The Easiest and the Hardest Thing

Tuesday, February 20, 2018--When God establishes a covenant with Noah, God promises to not flood the earth ever again. But Noah doesn't have to do anything... [ more ]


Monday, February 19--Matthew 6:19-21 is just a snippet of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. It is one thin layer of a great stack of faith practices that distinguish right ways and wrong ways of doing everything: from praying to giving, forgiving to avoiding temptations, fasting to "saving up."  [ more ]

Extra Juice & Mortals

Friday, February 16--The morning Ash Wednesday service took place at the Chapel, where I imposed ashes on congregants while a new deacon served Holy Communion by intinction--people tore off a piece of pita bread and dipped it in the chalice of juice before partaking. Which led to the deacon's sensible question after worship: "What do you do with the extra juice?" [ more ]


Thursday, February 15-Ash Wednesday was yesterday. At the evening service, we played with clay and marked foreheads and hands with ashes. This helps us remember that we are dust and to dust we shall return. Then again, there are too many reminders of how fragile life is and how dust-bound we all are... [ more ]

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