“I am your portion and your inheritance among the people of Israel.” -Numbers 18: 20 As the spirit of God shook the gathering, Joseph cast off his hidden burden like a waterlogged dog shaking itself free of its rain-soaked coat. “Yes, Lord. I know what to do now.” When God shakes His people, there are certainly curious side effects. … Like thousands of other faithful Jews, Joseph had come to Jerusalem for the Feast of…

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Do We NEED the Poor?

July 23, 2014

My moment of wonder happened on the streets of New York City serving the homeless. I learned how much need I have, and from a very surprising people group. Question: “Do we NEED the poor?” The question almost sounds offensive. Many might say the poor need us, but that we have no real need for them. Let’s think about that… How many people count on you each day? Family, friends, boss, coworkers, clients, customers? How…

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60 Meters in 60 Seconds (The Ru DVD)

July 21, 2014

For a week we watched as the Water is Basic crew drilled the bore hole deeper into the earth.  Somewhere, deep under the crust, was an aquifer that had the potential to bring fresh water to the whole of South Sudan.  But getting to that underground lake is virtually impossible without the  correct equipment. Every day we tracked how far down the drill pierced the earth.  Each layer was marked by a different strata of soil….

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Wildfire (The Via Lucis)

July 18, 2014

“When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.”  –Matthew 10:19 – 20   “And by what power or what name did you do this?” The accusation in Caiaphas’ question came across with acrid contempt. Standing under the…

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Twisted (The Via Lucis)

July 11, 2014

“…that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.” –Philippians 2:15 Every day, for as long as anyone could remember, he crouched below the Gate Beautiful as Jerusalem’s most unusual gatekeeper. Twisted and knotted limbs enhanced his outstretched arms that were forever searching for a few cooper coins. Alms were easily given by worshippers as their final act…

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The Third Wonder

July 9, 2014

It was a day I will never forget. It had already been a really long day. I was leading a team of pilgrims students on a trip to Colorado. The students had climbed to the top of one of the dunes at Great Sand Dune National Monument. They had swum in the icy waters of Zapata Falls. Everyone was physically exhausted. We had one more activity proposed for the day, but I wondered at that…

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From Whom All Blessings Flow

July 2, 2014

Growing up in the Episcopal Church, the Doxology was an oft-sung hymn of praise. Even now, its sacred refrain and familiar melody provide a place of center and focus in my ever-changing world. I recall a heavenly moment in Jamaica when a visiting team gathered to conduct their morning devotions in the new dining hall of our children’s home within earshot of our apartment. Concluding with the Doxology, their unaccompanied voices resonated from within the…