Inspiration

Cliffs

Cliffs

I’ve actually gone over a couple cliffs in my life, once in scouting and once at a training event for seminarian field education supervisors. I always had a harness, a rope, a helmut, and a safety line. And even with all that, it still felt like a life threatening moment as I would make my…

Horse Pulling at the State Fair

Just when you think you’ve seen it all at the fair, you enter the International Horse Pavilion in time for the horse pull. Oh, don’t get me wrong, the butterfly house was impressive, but this was unexpected entertainment. The place was packed at 7pm. At first, it looked like the teams of horses were going…

The Church and Natural Disasters

It’s been over two years since the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. What followed was the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Nearly a million people were forced out of their homes and 20,000 died. Within a few hours, churches and relief agencies, many of whom were faith based, responded. What made this unlike any previous disaster…

Old Faithful

Last week, we stayed outside the Grand Teton National Park near Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Yellowstone was a few hours away, so we decided to take the bus tour to see Old Faithful. I was there when I was 13 years old and the memory I still carry is the smell of sulfur. Fortunately, I have…