Daymares

January 13th, 2021 by Carl Buffington

I don’t recall the dreams, I don’t think they were “nightmares,” but when I awoke I was assaulted with, well, “Daymares.”  Daymares of reality.

And Then...Begin

January 12th, 2021 by Christopher Caudle

Do you feel like you're in the wilderness?  Have you completely lost your bearings?

Are you in the ocean depths—overwhelmed and under pressure?

Are you floating in an open sky—feeling disconnected from everyone and everything?

Why Didn't You Tell Me? Lessons From Pelicans

January 6th, 2021 by Carl Buffington

For the past 5 years, Barbara and I have made it our gift to each other to go to a beach a few days after Christmas.

So, it’s a sunny and seventy-five degree New Year’s Day 2021. We’re mostly shaded by our umbrella. Barb’s caught up in a murder mystery and I’m watching the pelicans fish.

I’m also reading a book, it so happens, on fishing. It’s about fishing for folks like Jesus called his disciples to do.

A Spiritual Check-Up

January 4th, 2021 by Sara Buffington

“Wait a minute...that’s what I weigh? Is that right?”

“That’s what the scale says, sweetie. Don’t feel bad, that’s everybody this year.”

I knew 2020 had been a year of stress eating.  My daily dose of stress relief during quarantine was anything covered in cheese dust (popcorn, Cheetos, Pringles, chips, goldfish, etc.).  

And yet I was still slack-jawed in the doctor’s office, staring at that number.   I just wasn’t prepared to see exactly how much I had gained.  

That was a week ago, right before Christmas.  And now...to plan.

God's Love Alive

December 30th, 2020 by Carl Buffington

Agape and Eros are two of the three key Greek words for love, (the third being Philia), and is the title of a book by Anders Nygren that used to be on my shelf in my dorm room in West Philadelphia - the city of brotherly love.  My last year at seminary I dove into the passage from John 21 that many consider the greatest dialogue in scripture.  That is the 7 exchanges between Peter and Jesus, vs 15-22.

Christmas Unwrapped: Your Life as a Lego Advent Calendar

December 28th, 2020 by Sara Buffington

This year my son had a Lego Star Wars Advent calendar.  Yes, such a thing exists.  Each day he opened a little cardboard flap to take out the pieces of a tiny tie fighter or Darth Vader in a Christmas sweater.  He loved it: every day a new discovery, something to look forward to.  

I need that, too.

Blessed Mess: A Shopping Experience

December 23rd, 2020 by Carl Buffington

Christmas shopping is when you go to a shopping center and become a moving target for hundreds of half-crazed and half-blind drivers – drivers who know no fear and would challenge a Sherman tank for a parking place.

It’s where you go to cash in on all the non-bargains Madison Avenue has prepared for you to purchase. It’s tiring and draining on me, Christmas shopping.

“True Love and Brotherhood”? What’s That?

December 21st, 2020 by Sara Buffington

Have you heard of the “Get Along Shirt”?  Faced with bickering siblings, you can stuff your two kids into a man’s extra large T-shirt, so they are forced to be together and work it out.  

I have never tried this in my home, but when my two older ones were younger, I used to make them give each other a hug after an argument.  Then they had to look into each other’s eyes and say one nice thing about the other person.  Sounds great, right?  

The reality was that they hugged each other in the most reluctant, insincere hug they could conjure.  Then, when told to say something nice, their answers would include a monotone, deadpan, “You have nice hair.” 

Joy Rises Out of Assurance

December 17th, 2020 by Carl Buffington

“Why did you go into the ministry?”  the rector’s wife asked me at dinner.  My response surprised me.  I mean, when asked in the past, I would say something like, “God was pushing me,” or “God was working behind the scenes.”  In other words, I hadn’t sense a ‘call’ or that I was being led.  I had been surprised to findmyself going in this direction.

The Christmas Maker Challenge

December 14th, 2020 by Sara Buffington

Are you a “Christmas Maker”?  Take this quiz to find out:

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