Metaphor and Everyday Objects

A Place to Call Home

A Place to Call Home

Whenever you visit a place linked to strong memories, the experience can be filled with a sense of homecoming. But it’s not the same as it used to be. That combination of feelings helps us think about our relationship with our current home in the world, and what it means for us to be foreigners and exiles in what is our home, but not our home the way it was, and not our home the way it will one day be.

We Are The Coals

We Are The Coals

Paul seems to think that faith is a living thing that gets passed on from generation to generation. This faith that lived in Louis, and in Eunice, and in Paul now lives in Timothy, too; so Paul encourages his young friend to “fan into flame” this gift that now dwells in him.

We need each other to fan into flame the gift of faith.

The Whole Pie (X)

The Whole Pie (X)

I got to officiate at the wedding of a college friend this last weekend; what an honor! One of my favorite parts of the service was an image I stole from the groom. He told me the story as we met together to prepare not only for the wedding but for the marriage to follow. […]

Focus on the New Creation

Focus on the New Creation

The family has gathered. We ride the ups and down of sudden changes in breathing or consciousness. We share stories and pictures. We are waiting for Dad, my father-in-law Jim, to die. As I look out the back door to the lake, I am struck by the beauty of these summer days. The sun shines. […]

Passing on the Faith

Passing on the Faith

In a sermon series called “Family Matters,” we wanted to talk about the importance of passing on the faith to the next generation. But we also wanted to share some of the results of a Family Needs Survey the congregation had taken a few months before. The results of this survey showed a sense of […]

Smoking Kills (Don’t Be an Idiot!)

Smoking Kills (Don’t Be an Idiot!)

Metaphor works by mapping narrative inference structure from one domain of knowledge or experience to another. This kind of cross-domain mapping can of course be accomplished through words, but because metaphor is primarily a function of thought rather than language, we should expect to find the dynamics of metaphor not only in the things we […]

The Tri-Cycle of Sin, Judgment, and Grace

The Tri-Cycle of Sin, Judgment, and Grace

Sin, Judgment, and Grace  You know the story. It is appropriately labeled, “The Fall.” Eve listens to the tempter’s voice. Adam stands by without trying to stop her and joins in sin. Death becomes inevitable. The harmony is broken. Nothing is the way it should be anymore. And so begins a cycle we see again […]