Treasures New and Old

Treasures New and Old

Jesus once said: “Every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old” (Matthew 13:52).  A householder managed a large estate on behalf of its wealthy owners: they...
What is a Recombobulation Area?!

What is a Recombobulation Area?!

I’ve seen a lot of unusual things, people and events in airports. It takes something special to get a reaction from me. Recently, I saw something that stopped me in my tracks. In fact, I took a photo (above) of the sign just to be sure I was seeing what I thought I...
Sanded Glass Churches

Sanded Glass Churches

On our family beach trip this past summer, our grandchildren discovered sea glass. For our five preschoolers, it was like finding treasure. In fact, that’s what they called it: “let’s go find some more treasures!” You probably know that the pieces of sea glass we...
Reading the Landscape

Reading the Landscape

What is the most important tool in the pastoral toolbox?  What ability will strengthen all the other abilities with which one is endowed?  And what skill when missing from the ministerial repertoire gets the clergy in hot water over and over again? In Texas, it’s...