#HarpersDay

In her book, The Writing Life, Annie Dillard writes, “How we spend our days, is of course, how we spend our lives.” I think we often think of our lives as if they are this conglomeration of the big moments – the highlight reel, so to speak.  Yet, the truth of the matter is that the fabric…

The Parable of the Lost iPhone

Have you ever lost something that was really important to you? What lengths did you go to, to try and find it again? See our youth’s take on the Parable of the Lost Coin, just one of three videos they and the youth from Overland Park Presbyterian put together for Youth Sunday this past week….

Octopus Hats, Dance Parties and the Word of God

It was exactly a year ago, April 1st, 2016, that I was gifted with what has become a prized possession of mine – The Octopus Hat. We were at Heartland Presbytery’s Spring Youth Retreat at Heartland Center and our theme for the weekend was “Fools for Christ”.  We spent the weekend inviting youth to be…

Those Hands

My grandfather died unexpectedly from complications from surgery on Saturday, March 18th. I made it to the hospital in Topeka in time to spend his last hours with him before he moved from this life onto the next. These are the words I shared at his memorial service last week. In his last hours of…

Do This, and You Shall Live

A legal expert comes to Jesus and asks him a question, “What must I do to gain eternal life?” Jesus doesn’t say, “You must believe in me.”  Jesus doesn’t say, “You must accept me as your Lord and Savior.”  Instead, Jesus responds as he often does, not with an answer, but with another question.  “You…

Ashes and Dust, Life and Death

Tonight my four year old came down the aisle of our sanctuary, stood at my feet, and looked up at me, her face framed by her characteristic curls, her big brown eyes rimmed in hot pink frames, her smile spread wide.  I bent down, and traced a cross on her forehead with my ash-covered thumb….