Loopholes

Loopholes

The past few weeks I have been pondering the word “loophole.”  It’s an interesting word with an even more interesting usage. A loophole is a means of evasion or avoidance. It’s a workaround, a way to beat the system, or maneuver around a law to one’s favor...
Helping Refugee Children

Helping Refugee Children

Vacation Bible School is a safe, welcoming environment for children to learn about Jesus, for teenagers to learn valuable life skills, and for adults to step into leadership roles. But the St. Michael’s program doesn’t stop there! We encourage campers and volunteers...
The Feast of Pentecost

The Feast of Pentecost

A couple of years ago I was having coffee with a local Roman Catholic priest. There was no real agenda, just an opportunity to meet and get to know one another. One thing he said has stuck with me. We were discussing various developments and changes within the life of...
Visiting Nashotah House

Visiting Nashotah House

Last month I had the privilege of joining Fr. Doran in a visit to his alma mater, Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Wisconsin. He was able to reconnect and go to meetings, I attended some lectures and special events, and we both celebrated the graduation of...
Seeing the Beatitudes

Seeing the Beatitudes

There is a classic dynamic in storytelling where villains can be considered more interesting than heroes. Evil is interesting, flashy, complicated. Goodness is simple, bland, boring. This framing is superficial but can often feel true. Understandably, we can’t relate...
Love Never Fails

Love Never Fails

In Children’s Chapel a few weeks ago, I asked the students how they see God in their lives. We talked about laughter, birthday parties, the beach, trees, animals – all sorts of things. Then, one child piped in, “When I help my mom around the house.” I was surprised...
Where Have the Missionaries Gone?

Where Have the Missionaries Gone?

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” Isaiah 6:8 The passage from Isaiah above (part of this Sunday’s Old Testament reading) has often been used to talk about World Missions — God’s...