Renderings

How to set a snare Trapping animals is an ancient means of getting food, going back thousands of years. The Bible itself mentions the use of traps when it says, “Protect me from the trap they’ve set for me; protect me from the snares of the evildoers” in Psalm 141 and “The Lord will beContinue reading “Renderings”

Weddings and the like…

Too relaxed at home Family dinners are a time-honored tradition in just about every part of the world. For our family, like most others, dinners usually ended up being around holidays or birthdays or anniversaries or just weekends when we could get together. On my father’s side of the family it wasn’t unusual to haveContinue reading “Weddings and the like…”

What are we doing?

Last week, I sat in my home office in a Zoom meeting with other clergy from the Rock Hill District. We went through the usual: prayer and prayer requests, announcements, and for this time of year, questions about charge conferences. These are all standard, normal things to talk about and in all honesty, the combinationContinue reading “What are we doing?”

The Pain of Change

I recently read a quote from Richard Rohr who said, “Hurt people, hurt people.” When you first look at this it looks kind of strange. It almost seems like he’s saying we should hurt people. But if you pay close attention, I think you’ll realize that he’s saying people who are hurt will hurt otherContinue reading “The Pain of Change”

Musings – Memory

The hallway was long enough to get a good run going before I ran into the living room. I had already been up three or four times since 4:00 AM and been told to go back to bed until at least seven. The last couple of times, I just stuck my head in the doorContinue reading “Musings – Memory”

With All Your Heart – Coming Together

Broken I love a good legend. There is something about the way we tell stories to tell ourselves about ourselves that is fascinating to me and almost always has been. Whether it is ghosts and monsters, gods and goddesses, great warriors, great civilizations, or just a simple folktale, I love looking at the world throughContinue reading “With All Your Heart – Coming Together”