First Congregational Church of Anchorage : 26 November 2017
A dear friend of mine died last Saturday. Mike Bartlett was an amazing guitar player. He and I first met when he was an inmate in a Kansas prison. We have worked on three different recording projects together and played countless shows both within prisons and outside. He is the second friend to die in recent years whom I played and recorded music with, and who I also first met in prison. Mike was a gifted songwriter, and a frequent source of insight into the reality of life within the criminal justice system.
2 Corinthians 9:6-15; The Choice and Service of Religion
First Congregational Church of Anchorage : 19 November 2017
Could it be that we just didn’t read it correctly? Maybe we misheard it long ago and we have never been corrected. Are you sure you have given enough? Perhaps, even though we say there are no strings attached, we can’t help but wonder what it is we might have missed that could hold us ransom for what we should have done, let alone all things we did instead.
First Congregational Church of Anchorage : 5 November 2017 – All Saints Sunday
Sometimes when I am out in the fog, I feel freer to be myself. Anyway, who would notice. They are in their own fog just over there, and neither of us is any the wiser. It is odd to me that when the visible sky makes its way down to our feet, we find the ground much more disorientating.