Why and how we humans need to get smaller – Ezekiel 25-28, Part 5

I can’t say that I always enjoy taking my dog outside in the cold or in the rain. Okay, I almost never enjoy it, especially when it is raining. But when the night sky is clear, and the stars are bright, as my dog is doing his business out in the yard, I will lookContinue reading “Why and how we humans need to get smaller – Ezekiel 25-28, Part 5”

The dangerous ideology of “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” – Ezekiel 25-28, Part 4

“Pull yourself up by your bootstraps!” That phrase is an American anthem of sorts, pointing to an idea embedded in our history and culture, that we are individuals who have the power and ability to survive and thrive if we just work hard enough. But is this principle true? Even the task described in theContinue reading “The dangerous ideology of “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” – Ezekiel 25-28, Part 4″

The difference between healthy and evil pride – Ezekiel 25-28, Part 3

Do an internet search on the word “pride,” and the results will be vast and varied. Think about the ways we use the word “pride.” A group of lions is called a “pride.” There is the phrase, “proud as a peacock.” A famous contemporary usage refers to sexual identity and rights. There is good prideContinue reading “The difference between healthy and evil pride – Ezekiel 25-28, Part 3”

The time my new boss made me feel like an arrogant fool – Ezekiel 25-28, Part 1

Before I started pastoral ministry at Faith Church I worked for eight months at my denomination’s seminary in Myerstown.  I was the Director of the Annual Fund, meaning that my job was to raise money for the school.  On one of my first days on the job, my boss walked me around campus introducing meContinue reading “The time my new boss made me feel like an arrogant fool – Ezekiel 25-28, Part 1”

How envy rots our insides – Second Sunday of Advent 2019, Part 2

Have you ever burned with envy? You’re not alone. Envy is, as we saw in the previous post, considered to be the central fact of American Life. In our Advent series, Longings, this second week we are looking at envy through the lens of ancient poem, Psalm 73. So far we have seen the author,Continue reading “How envy rots our insides – Second Sunday of Advent 2019, Part 2”