Fruitful collaboration at the office

The Counter Cultural Gospel at Work

Photo by Headway on Unsplash Talking about Jesus at work can be awkward. But living the counter cultural truths of his gospel can open the door to fruitful conversations.Do you feel the tension of wanting to be faithful to your boss,…
Road and tornado

Whose Energy? Applying Mark 16

Photo by Randy Milanovic on Unsplash How do you get things done? Recently, I realized that anxiety fuels most of my work. Tornado energy, I call it. What other kind is there?Mark alerted me the other day, "Honey, we're almost out of…
Woman weeping by bed

What Were You Expecting? Studying Mark 16

APhoto by Claudia Wolff on UnsplashWhat was I expecting from my first summer job? I’d heard death changes everything. But I saw it firsthand that summer.I had taken a job as a nurse's aide to make money for college. As I made my way…

Passionate Love: Applying Mark 15

Photo by Zac Durant on Unsplash Why is it good to remember the passionate love of Christ for us? Is it so we will feel bad for putting him through such pain? Or is it some kind of ploy for using guilt as a tool to manipulate our…

The Hidden Advantage: Are You a Lizard or a Frog?

Photo by Pierre Bamin on Unsplash  What is the advantage of a hidden life? Why should I resist the siren call of self-promotion for the sake of consciously keeping quiet, small, hidden?In these days of the selfie and multiplied…
prisoner with hands on bars

The Powerless One? Studying Mark 15

Photo by Damir Spanic on Unsplash We're continuing our study of the Gospel of Mark today, a study that is following the preaching schedule at Rincon Mountain Presbyterian Church. Mark 15 places Jesus in the eye of the storm. He…

Thank Who? Applying Mark 14

 Why say thank you? Apparently, gratitude is good for you. At least that's what they say. In a 2011 Thanksgiving piece for the NY Times, John Tierney wrote:Cultivating an "attitude of gratitude" has been linked…
remembering Dick Wahlstrom

Remembering Dick: A Legacy of Love

Dick Wahlstrom, complete with suspenders, and son DavidRemembering our friend Dick Wahlstrom, who entered Christ’s presence on May 21, 2020, made us laugh. That’s because the first thing we remembered was his laugh, which started…

The House that Love Built

Photo by Mathyas Kurmann on Unsplash“Unless the LORD builds the house,” sings the Psalmist. “Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.”When I was eleven, I watched the walls of our…

Creating Common Ground: How to Help a Sick Friend

How do you create common ground with a chronically sick friend? Serving requires creativity. An act of service can be a work of art.