Advent Meditation: Saturday, December 7, 2019

Psalm 20, 21:1-7(8-14), 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117  •  Amos 5:18-27  •  Matthew 22:15-22 My Old Testament mentor and friend, Bernhard W. Anderson, had Psalm 116:12-14 written in Hebrew and framed on his office wall.  It was a reminder that God’s gifts were innumerable and gratitude was the proper response.  During Advent we celebrate God’s greatest gift … read more

Clutter Not, That Ye Be Not Cluttered

This past week, I went a little Marie Kondo on the bookshelves in my office. If you don’t know who Marie Kondo is, she is the star of a Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and the author of the best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, now published in 30 countries. […]

Advent Meditations: Sunday, December 9

Psalm 148–150, 114, 115  •  Isaiah 5:1–7  •  Luke 7:28–35 What creates your expectations? Two of today’s readings speak to me of expectation. In Isaiah, a vinedresser methodically prepares an environment for the perfect growing of grapes. Verse 2 carefully provides the step-by-step pains taken to ensure a rich harvest. But the expectation is frustrated […]

His Steadfast Love Endures Forever

Thanksgiving is upon us, and that means food and friendship. Whether you are with family or friends, there are some constants, the biggest one being intentional gratitude. We look around us and within us to give thanks for the small and large moments when we have experienced God’s grace. Taking time to share these […]

Helpless but not Hopeless

Two of the last three blogs I have written for Sowing Holy Questions came in the aftermath of mass killings.  The first was the Berlin Christmas Market murders where a truck drove through a crowd of people.  The second appeared after the Pulse Nightclub shootings in Orlando.  Now, the murder of 17 people in a […]


Psalm 66, 67; Isaiah 11:10-16; Luke 1:5-25   Listen to the author read their meditation and prayer: Dr. Steven Bishop, Advent Meditation The passage from Isaiah is a remarkable combination of images that take the reader from Egypt to the River Euphrates and several places in between.  Familiar images are drawn upon to issue a […]