Posts from November 2020

Posts from November 2020

November 25, 2020

Dear Friends, I know what the Bible says about giving thanks in all things.  But doesn’t it feel like we should get a pass on giving thanks in 2020?  Most of us can more easily come up with a lament list this Thanksgiving than we can a gratitude list.    A few reminders about the familiar command to “give thanks in all things” found in 1 Thessalonians 5. First, you know there was asterisk in the original text.  You know the…

November 18, 2020

Dear Friends, Everyone is looking for shalom.  And we’re looking to be markarios.  The problem is, we’re all ptochos.  And it’s only when we recognize that we’re ptochos that we can begin our journey toward shalom and markarios. I know I’m mixing my languages here (and maybe even butchering a word or two), but hang with me.  Shalom is the Hebrew word that we often translate peace.  But its meaning goes deeper than our English word typically does.  It is derived from a…

November 4, 2020

Dear Friends, If you don’t have election fatigue by know, you have more stamina that I do! You may have heard of author Mitch Albom.  His book Tuesdays With Morrie made him a best selling author.  He has gone on to write more than a half dozen other books, with combined sales of 39 million copies.  Mitch lives in Detroit and continues to write a regular column for the local newspaper, the Detroit Free Press. I’ve decided to turn over the newsletter this week to…