“The Walking Dead” and Lent

The first episode of the TV show titled, “The Walking Dead,” begins as its protagonist Rick Grimes wakes up in the hospital. A gun shot in the line of duty put him into a coma for months and there inside a severely damaged hospital building he finds himself alone. As […]

Darkness is My Closest Friend

A Scripture Reading from Psalm 88 You have taken from me friend and neighbor—darkness is my closest friend. Psalm 88:18   Many North American Christians are naïve about suffering. We design a remedy for every anguish. We go to the doctor to replace a creaky knee. We go to the […]

Abuse and Neglect

Dustin is a counselor at the Granite Springs Counseling Center – who writes periodically for the Granite Springs Blog. You can visit the Granite Springs Counseling Center website for more information on the amazing work they are doing to care for our community at  As a counselor, it is a […]

In a Whisper 2

In 1 Kings 19, the prophet Elijah ran for his life, seeking refuge in the wilderness. He climbed to the top of a mountain and cried out to God, desperate for comfort and direction and validation of his suffering. As Elijah stood there, a great wind whipped past, breaking rocks […]

Loving God More than Blessings

We are currently in the middle of our summer sermon series, the Call of God, exploring what God’s covenant relationship with Abraham was all about. Before the blessings came, Abraham stepped out in faith and followed God’s call. Similarly, the story of Job shows us another way in which we can […]

Even in Your Wandering 3

A few years ago, I was at a seminary gathering where we were discussing our thoughts and opinions on baptism. As we were talking, my friend Steve’s face lit up and he shouted with a sense of earnestness and desperation in his voice, “You know what? I would love to […]