Journey With John Blog

  • March 20, 2018
    Journey with John Every now and then, go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work, your judgment will be surer.  –  Leonardo da Vinci Even in the 16th century, it was recognized the need to get away to refresh the soul a […]
  • March 10, 2018
    Journey with John God speaks to us in so many amazing ways.  I shouldn’t be surprised that the Almighty would choose to reveal a holy truth through a biology lesson.  I was at a spiritual retreat.  Susan Briehl, a Lutheran pastor, was our speaker.  She […]
  • March 5, 2018
    Journey with John The stories, where Jesus healed people of their unclean spirits, have always intrigued me.  I am especially drawn to Mark 5:6-9, where the man with the demon recognizes the power of Jesus and falls before him.  “When he saw Jesus from a […]
  • February 25, 2018
    “The one true freedom in life is to come to terms with death, and as early as possible, for death is an event that embraces all our lives. And the only way to have a good death is to lead a good life. Lead a good one, full of curiosity, generosity and […]
  • February 18, 2018
    There are many moments in worship that I love, but the ones that bring me the greatest joy are when our youngest children come to share in the service. There’s just this wonderful energy that fills the sanctuary. I loved the excitement last Sunday of […]
  • February 11, 2018
    Among my valuable experiences along life’s journey was being employed by McDonald’s as a fry cook back in the late 1970’s.  It didn’t pay much of anything – I think it was $2.85 an hour. I was in Seminary and was soon to be married. I don’t think I […]
  • February 4, 2018
    In in my office, next to my desk, rests a statue titled “The Circle of Unity.”  It was created from a single block of wood showing three people interlocked – holding each other in balance. It was made in the Congo. It speaks to my soul, never more so […]
  • January 28, 2018
    It’s one of the best sounds in the world – right up there with a good choral group singing Mozart or someone shouting “Who wants ice cream?”  You know, sweet sounds to tame the savage beast and satisfy the deepest need. I’m talking about children […]
  • January 21, 2018
    “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me.” I remember chanting that little charmer as a kid, stopping only after the first time I was a receiver of hostile, ugly words. To say words can never harm me could only come from one […]
  • January 14, 2018
    It’s an easy discussion to fall into with anyone who has a similar history.  It begins with the question, “Do you remember…?”  That starts a rich exchange that retraces those events that have enhanced your life.  “Do you remember your first dance?”  That […]
  • January 7, 2018
    We all know industrious people who can take something old and in a few simple steps make it remarkably new again. I am married to one of those gifted people!  On New Year’s Day (a rare day off from her busy work schedule), Cherilyn decided it was time to […]
  • January 14, 2018
    It’s an easy discussion to fall into with anyone who has a similar history. It begins with the question, “Do you remember…?” That starts a rich exchange that retraces those events that have enhanced your life. “Do you remember your first dance?” That […]