A Call For Prayer

I am looking forward to another great Advent season of classes at Evangelical Lutheran Church on Wednesday nights starting November 30th at 6:30-7:45 p.m. The downtown historic district of Frederick is full of beautiful churches  that have elegant spires watching over us as we travel through our busy week. These spires proudly contain church bells that harken us to…

Seeing Mary With New Eyes

We are often so fearful of upsetting those around us that it can be difficult to find our courage. And yet I believe God frequently calls us in ways that  require us to lose our spirit of timidity. We admire courage in others. We are even attracted to people who can “throw caution to the wind.” And yet, we become so…

Feeling Unclean

We have all felt like we didn’t fit in with a certain crowd of people. They drive nicer cars or they like to talk about things that are out of our life experience. Real or imagined we tend to pull away from people like this because we fear we are just not good enough… But what…

In Search of Beauty

It is amazing the beauty you can find in your own backyard. True I live near an especially rich treasure of museums as I am just a short ride from Washington D.C. and the National Gallery of Art. Even so, I am always putting off visiting these local treasures?   Below is an excerpt from my book:…

Practicing Holy Vision

What are the steps for practicing our faith? How can we develop our inner eye so that we might see with renewed strength God’s blessings all around us? Like all of us this week I am reeling from the news of violence in our world…do I need to escape? Should I run and hide myself…

Experiencing Miracles Inside Out

Questioning authenticity~ historical accuracy~contextual studies~foundational truths… these were the watchwords of my youth. And there too, how many times have I practiced making statements that disqualified my faith? Statements such as: We can’t really know the actual day of Jesus’ birth…  There must have been a logical explanation for the star that led the wise men to see the…

The Joyful Sound: Facebook Live Event

I will be celebrating the official book launch of The Joyful Sound: Reflections on the Life of Christ in a Live Facebook Event on Sunday Evening June 26 at 8:00 p.m. EST. (5:00 p.m. pacific:) Please join me as I give tips on how to start and build your sacred arts library with  great resources I have used over the…

Developing Your Picture

 One of my favorite childhood memories is of the week I would spend each year at Bible camp. It was a chance to be away from home in the beauty of Yosemite and make new friends while studying the Bible and learning all kinds of new songs…I loved to learn all the songs. And this…

Does Jesus Silence Our Questioning?

If you stopped any one of us in the street you would soon find out that we all have our own personal and private dramas. Within every phase of life there are always uncertainties and we all have to get up every morning to face the unknown. Because of this we might at times just find…

Sailing in the Light of God

It can be the most upsetting  when we feel we are confidently walking on water and suddenly we are blindsided by a crisis turning our world upside down. Like Peter, a huge wave of doubt can crash in and knock us all off balance… emotionally. How can we find comfort and peace amid the inevitable storms that come our way? By trusting in the…