This Day, That Will Only Happen Once

Well, of all things, I was invited to open the Session of the Colorado Senate this Monday morning. Actually, two of us prayed: Dilpreet, a Sikh and a colleague I know through our involvement with the Interfaith Alliance, prayed first, then I. Rightfully so, prayers...

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Back from Chiberia

From last Sunday to Wednesday, co-pastor Rachael McClair and I were at our friend's lake house on Lake Michigan, 25 miles outside of Chicago. Our friend had invited 5 people from around the country to help her on a particular aspect of her thesis for her Doctorate of...

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Live Today and See Tomorrow

This past Monday we celebrated the life of Peter Wing who died suddenly in a fluke skiing accident on Sunday, Jan. 13. His parents, Chris and Lala, have been a rich part of our church community for years. This past Monday an over-capacity crowd of people deeply...

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Love in a Mix of Grief and Joy

I've sometimes wondered why, given the extremes in temperature that can happen in one day in Colorado, our skin doesn't just crack and fall off, what with all that shrinking and expanding. Similarly - but with more emotional impact - some days have extreme pain or...

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A Few Words on Grey Hair

In the kitchenette at church there is a picture of me on the fridge from one of the Christmas Gala’s in year’s past with my mouth strangely gaped open. First of all, I should note that over my lifetime, the number of photos where my face is not strangely contorted or...

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The One and Same World God Has Always Loved

I’ve never been accused of planning things way in advance but I started my New Year’s resolution for 2019 in the beginning of November 2018. I made my resolve in November because Leanne and I were in Rome and something really impactful happened there. Many of you know...

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Where Did You Notice God This Year?

Sometimes I feel like a deer-in-the-headlights when asked this. But it’s a really good question to practice answering. Celtic Christians hold the belief that God is ever-present with Creation, so they cultivate an awareness of the Sacred in all times and places, with...

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My Christmas Wish for All of Us

"Stink! Stank! Stunk!" These are the three words used to describe Mr. Grinch, the miscreant who stole Christmas. "Bah! Humbug!" These are the two words Ebenezer Scrooge used to express his disgust with all things Christmas. "Drivel!" This is the one word Grumpy Tidd...

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Led to Jesus by an Eight-Year-Old

A couple weeks ago after church, 8-year-old Gianna DiPrince asked me to pray with her. She was feeling really sad because 7 of the 8 fish they had bought and put in their new aquarium died. Before we prayed together she had grabbed one of the lanyards that members of...

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Gala Time and the Belle of the Ball

Six years ago Monique Crine, who was not yet married to Brett Johnson (but he was hopelessly smitten) pointed out to me that something was missing from our church. We just didn’t have enough fun altogether. We needed more parties. “Actually”, she said, “we should have...

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This is Their Christmas

“For a lot of people, this is their Christmas,” Greg, the Executive Director of Bienvenidos Food Bank, told me as we talked about our Community Christmas Celebration. On a weekly basis, Greg and his team serve 200+ families in our neighborhood. For a lot of folks,...

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Blessed Are Those Who Squirm With Discomfort

Were you one of the lucky kids who got to play “kick the can” on the street in front of your house or apartment growing up? I did, and I loved it. I got to play it again the last three days at the National With Collective (W/) conference in Denver that our church...

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We Are, All of Us, So Wonderfully Complex

It’s amazing how, after having spent 10 years — most of my adult life so far — here in the States, I’m beginning to forget what it felt like to grow up in the far-away land of Brazil. It’s almost as if the memories that sustained such a crucial aspect of my history...

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May We Move Together in the Adventure Sent to Us

On our way to the vigil for the victims of the Pittsburgh shooting, my 11 year-old daughter Aria asked me the meaning of the word “vigil.” She was quiet. Eventually she said, “Mom, it scares me to go to things like this with you.” Ug, I thought, what do I do? I could...

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H is for HIGHLANDS

H is also for Here, Hope, Happy, Heart and Home. These words can only attempt to describe the hundreds of stories and the journeys that have led each and every one of us to this family we call Highlands Church. Here is our new brand for Highlands Church North Denver,...

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