Standing Up for Immigrants

Northaven Friends, and Friends Beyond, Those of you at worship today were a part of the beautiful “sending prayer” that the congregation gave me at the end of the service. I was deeply… Continue reading

Eating Always Involves Death

For years, I’ve liked to say: “Eating always involves death.” There is no way around this. Native Americans realized this and used to pray prayers of thanks for the animals/plants that had given… Continue reading

Remember the Lady of the Harbor

Maybe the people of Murietta are just too many miles from the Lady of the Harbor. Maybe in their comfortable Southern California town, far away from Liberty’s statue, it’s just too easy to forget… Continue reading

Unplugging (And a Demo of “Tell Myself”)

A few weeks back I was in a church meeting, and the self-care of ministers came up. A longtime Northaven member, who’s seen a lot of things, told me, “Eric, I think you… Continue reading

Anna Jarvis Had It Right

Think Mother’s Day has become too commercial? Think the greeting card companies control too much? Think the florists and chocolatiers have become more important than the real meaning of the day? The founder… Continue reading

It’s Not Our Tent

This was the devotional at our Staff Parish Committee Meeting last night, offered by one of our great layfolks. An important word for all of us in the UMC, where ever we come… Continue reading

Music Sets the Mood

Have any doubts about how music can set the mood of a good movie?   Check it out…basically slightly different editing, but totally different music. And an all new “feel.”  

When I was a Boy of Summer

Since it’s baseball season, today’s #TBT is two pictures from my SVAA baseball team. When I was The Divine Miss M’s age, I had this fantasy that I would grow up to be… Continue reading

The Biblical Basis for the Rape-Marriage #UMC

Originally posted on thoughtfulpastor:
I just read this powerful, compelling, heart-rendering article reminding us that the horror of the Nigerian girls being abducted into these “rape-marriages” has a sound biblical basis. The author…

Carrying the Cross and Dropping the Crowbar

Originally posted on "Scattershooting":
One of my favorite scenes in the movie “Field of Dreams” is when Ray Kinsella, played by Kevin Costner, is trying to convince Terence Mann, played by…