In Jesus’ Name: Truth

Born in a time of absolutes; to parents living in the land of free spirits; I have always held things up to inspection to question whether or not something rings true for me. Sometimes things just don’t add up…this then can lend itself to cynicism if I’m not careful. How does a person know who…

In Jesus’ Name: Immanuel

Recently I learned there are over 350 names for Jesus and I began to wonder why this over indulgence in naming? Maybe it is because it is impossible to hold pure light in a jar and the exercise or rather the pleasure of considering each name is like looking through a different crystal prism to…

Be Our Guest Once More

And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into your hearts by the Holy Spirit whom he has given us.”  ~ Romans 5:5 I’m not sure what I use to think…it has been some time now that my eyes have been opened to the abundant nature of God’s love –…

John’s Truth: The Sacred Heart

Meditation I must admit, I can not begin to understand the benefits. Still, it does fascinate me. To Meditate: a verb meaning to think deeply or carefully about something. To  contemplate…ponder…muse…reflect…deliberate…ruminate…chew…mull over…brood…cogitate. To  aid meditation time a person might use extended period of silence or maybe chanting to clear their thoughts. Someone might light a candle…

Matthew’s Perspective of Power

Why did the disciples abandon Jesus on the night he was arrested? It is easy for us to stand back in judgement of them. We can be disheartened by their lack of courage and the fact that Jesus was left to face his greatest trail–alone. It is true that they were afraid for their lives… But maybe…

Jesus Calls Us to Love Each Other

The prophet Isaiah writes: “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrow, and familiar with suffering.” ~ Isaiah 53:3 and the Psalmist David also spoke of his suffering in such a way that we can hear Jesus speaking these words: “You know [O Lord] how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed; all…

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…

Transformation from the Inside Out (Blog Tour 2016)

I noticed these beautiful flowers spilling out of a neighbor’s yard as I went on one of my early morning walks last week. The flowers of the butterfly bush, name this as they attract these transformative beauties into your garden, are one of my favorites and I thought an appropriate image for Ryan’s blog below. May we all…

Church Inside Out (Summer Blog Tour 2016)

Summertime makes us slow down and take stock of where we are…where we have been…where we are going. I have really enjoyed learning to sit on my front porch and these beautiful flowers have been a delight for my heart. I hope you are enjoying these kinds of peaceful moments as you re-energize and re-dedicate your…

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…