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home : columnists : joy in the journey June 28, 2017

Ordinary is Extraordinary
Summer is my favorite time of year. The church calendar claims it as, "Ordinary Time," and the Godly Play people call it the, "Great Green Growing Time." In liturgical churches the color of the season is green. And you may see your church's paraments, (altar cloths and banners) displaying flowers, vines and trees splashed across a green background. The color green symbolizes growth, health, and abundance.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Holding Space
It is a spiritual practice that has finally been given a name, holding space, or in simpler terms, "listening." For some people it is difficult to do, others find it extremely uncomfortable. Holding space is a pause, being comfortable with letting someone just be who they are.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
What pastors do depends on who you ask
There are a couple of great memes out there that portray the descriptions of, "What Pastors Do." The photo is typically divided up into six sections. This particular meme made it around, with fervor, in my pastor peer group because it definitely hit at a truth that, "What Pastors Do" is not only misunderstood but also misinterpreted and ultimately difficult to articulate in a simple job description. The job description also varies from denominational, cultural and congregational boundaries.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Memories and Memorial Day
"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower . . . Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing."
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Love is Worship
We were born to worship, which means we were born to love. Church is one of the primary places that we learn how to do it. Yes, yes, I know what your thinking, "isn't the home where we first learn about love?" Bear with me. What if we thought about our homes as little chapels; places where we learn about what love really is in a Biblical sense. Often times, I have referred to Sunday worship as a place to learn how to be the rest of the six days a week.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Mom, Mommy, Ma, Madre
Everyone has a mom. You cannot be alive without having a female type person give up one of her eggs for life beyond herself. This is the miracle of Mother's Day, and a reason to believe that there are miracles born each day. I once heard Rob Bell, author of "Love Wins," explain what has to happen for a human life to be born, he did an excellent job, you can find it on YouTube. First, the miracle that we have made it to maturity. For some of us, it is a miracle that we are alive today, and perhaps it was a mother who helped you to stay alive. But then when it comes to the biological, anatomical miracle of how a new life is conceived is another huge miracle.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Made to Worship
We were made to worship. Not only has every culture since the beginning of time had rituals, we too carry on many rites and rituals today. Some rituals are religious in nature, and some seem to be worldlier.

In thinking about worship, I believe that every movement of our lives is connected to the idea of worship. What do we value? What gives us joy? What or whom do we love? How do we spend our free time? And what do we think about? In some ways, I think that all of our life is spent worshipping.

Saturday, May 6, 2017
Looking back at how this all began
It was about six years ago when my high school friend, Tim Timmons, publisher of The Times, contacted me to see if I was interested in doing a "faith based" weekly column for the paper. I was both excited and a little intimidated at the prospect of writing for a paper, especially in my own hometown.
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Billy Lee Taylor, formerly of Noblesville, Sep 15, 1945 - Apr 7, 2017
While dressing for a graveside service on Tuesday, my husband said, "You know we might be the only ones there." Soon, I would be commending to God's care, someone I had "known" but never met, I did not know his family, had not seen the man for at least 20 years and yet I was getting ready, just the same, to say words of comfort, and give this gentle man the dignity of being remembered as a child of God. Billy Lee Taylor was somewhat of an institution back in the 70's.

Saturday, April 22, 2017
'Be the change you want to see in the world'
It is reasonable to think that Gandhi was the first to utter the words, "Be the change you want to see in the world," because all of the intranet sources say so. In reality, the quote was tweaked so that it could read better on a bumper sticker, on the back of your Honda Civic. The quote actually sounded more like, "If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world changes towards him . . . We need not wait to see what others do."
Saturday, April 15, 2017
A special prayer for Lent to open hearts and minds
Like many churches around the world, Roots of Life Community is intentionally submerged into the season of Lent. We are in week four, of the six-week journey. Typically, fasting, repenting, and reflecting on our life as a disciple of Jesus mark this season. Some of keep journals of daily blessings and challenges; some of us have given up tasty foods, have given more time for prayer, and maybe have delved into a Bible study specifically related to Jesus' journey to the cross.
Saturday, April 1, 2017

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