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You Will Find a Home Here 1

A refuge is defined as a place where you are sheltered from trouble. A safe place. We all know what it is like to long for this type of protection and in our yearning, we seek illusions of refuge in things that we can control; the next Neftlix episode, the […]


Learning the Rhythms of Grace 1

You might be familiar with the idea of a teaching hospital. Maybe you know someone who has done medical training at one or maybe you have first hand experience as a medical professional yourself. Maybe you have watched one of many medical dramas that take advantage of the energy, excitement […]


Gospel in a Handshake

After a worship service a couple of years ago, a staff person (a delightful Peruvian woman who greets everyone, both first time attendees and dearly loved regulars, with a warm South American hug) was handed a note, “Dear Friends, on Sunday during the Passing of the Peace, we wonder: How […]


Dear Friends: A Letter from Sam 5

Dear Friends, My time at Granite Springs is drawing to a close.  Like I’ve expressed to so many of you, I have mixed emotions.  Of course, there is great joy – Kelly and I are engaged and I’ve moving to Grand Rapids Michigan start our life together.  I’m extremely grateful […]


We Will Sing, Sing an Old Song 2

We don’t have to be musicians to know the power of music. We carry music with us through all the places of our lives and in all the places in our hearts. And in especially potent moments, the music may well do the carrying. David, a man after God’s own […]


A Heart Like His: David’s Journey

I find it curious that despite his many flaws David is given a generous title: a man after God’s own heart. (1 Samuel 13:14).  One of my favorite questions to ask friends and family at times has been “why is David called – a man after God’s own heart?”  Those […]


Healing Worship 1

There’s an old image for the pastoral vocation; it can be claimed by worship leaders too. It is to be a doctor of souls . . . It means in music and spoken word and Eucharistic invitation we offer healing. When I was a student at Fuller Seminary, there was […]


“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 […]