On the Wisdom of Creation

“For if they had the power to know so much that they could investigate the world, how did they fail to find sooner the Lord of these things?” – Wisdom 13:9 They admired His craft, even saw His maker’s mark, but failed to perceive the Craftsman. They admired the...

Craft

I’m fascinated by craft, the uniquely human enterprise of transforming material and making beautiful and useful things. If you haven’t already done so, view the PBS documentary series Craft in America, and you will meet some amazing artisans and craftspeople. Animals build things and use tools too. Birds build...

For Mom – On Her 90th Birthday

Psalm 90 says: The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away. The psalm is attributed to Moses, who lived to be a hundred and twenty. Who knows,...

New Creation (2018)

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her...

Seeing Is Not Believing (2018)

The following is adapted from a series of devotions written for the Crosswise Institute of Concordia University in Irvine, CA and delivered June 25-29, 2018. The theme of the Institute that year was “Science and Your Mind,” an exploration of the pursuit of knowledge in the context of the...

In the Beginning (2018)

The following is adapted from a series of devotions written for the Crosswise Institute of Concordia University in Irvine, CA and delivered June 25-29, 2018. The theme of the Institute that year was “Science and Your Mind,” an exploration of the pursuit of knowledge in the context of the...

With All Your Mind (2018)

The following is adapted from a series of devotions written for the Crosswise Institute of Concordia University in Irvine, CA and delivered June 25-29, 2018. The theme of the Institute that year was “Science and Your Mind,” an exploration of the pursuit of knowledge in the context of the...

Chloe, The Calico Cat (2001)

You were born in a Tulsa garage The only girl of four Calico with checkerboard toes And wide, green eyes; Or were they yellow? And how did you change them to suit your mood? Your mother was a regal princess, black and sleek, Who taught you well to ride...

A Fourfold Hallelujah (2004)

Hallelujah! Call to worship, to liturgy, to praise Four times: Let us praise YHWH, the LORD! Praise is all there’s left to do When the Lord has done it all. Salvation’s song crescendos from the heavens And tumbles down to earth where It meets a mixed review of FAITH...

Welcome (1999)

Welcome – A Poem for Christmas Eve (1999) Welcome little Promised One Lying on bed of manger straw Nursing peacefully on virgin’s milk. Warrior, enmity-maker, serpent’s head crusher, It’s your natal night, and we bid you welcome. Welcome little Promised One Virgin offspring, unspotted by Adam’s primal sin Death-destroyer,...