We are Chosen for Joy

John 15: 11 NRSV – I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. I have often wondered if we should post this over every entrance to every church building – This is a place of joy, so change your frown or…

RMEC

Our team just returned from a trip to Haiti. In addition to being a fun group, we actually got some work accomplished. The main purpose was to begin the building of a school. We dedicated the Rob Marchand Education Center, in honor of my good friend who passed away a couple years ago. It is…

Doppelganger

I think I’ve found my purpose in life. I’m the O negative, the universal blood type. I’m the milk toast. I am folding clothes or vacuuming. I’m the stunt double. I’m the police artist sketch. I am the world’s doppelganger. It happened again this week.  I was walking through a parking lot and a guy…

We’re Independent

Independence starts young. We want to go our own way. We run into the street or through a grocery store to see if our parents will chase us. Most seek to become independent of their parents, saying they can’t wait to get out on their own. We buy our own house, our own car, our…

Weeds or Wheat?

As I have begun to read parables and read about parables, I have a couple observations.  First, that Jesus guy was one smart dude.  He made the stories simple enough to be understood by children and profound enough that they’ve been studied for centuries. Second, my understanding of parables is more at the children end…

Moving Beyond Story to Parable

Parsonage Parables began as a way to connect with my siblings of my recollections about growing up in a pastor’s family. I would send some stories to my family and then began posting a few writings on Facebook.  A couple people encouraged me to begin this blog. My original idea was to post every week…

For Another Year

It’s quiet here in my box, I can’t even come out on a Midnight Clear. The days and the Nights are Silent. But I can tell when it’s becoming the Bleak Midwinter. O’ the Faithful will Come And I’ll be out of this box and I’ll be on the O’ Christmas Tree, O’ Christmas tree.…