The Lungs of Madrid

I’ve never been to Central Park in New York. I hear it is an exceptional green space in a city dominated by concrete and skyscrapers. The city of Madrid is another large city that is blessed with a magnificent green space called Retiro Park. With its 15,000 trees and sculpted gardens it is known as…

Mosaics of the MAN

One of the many gems of the city of Madrid is the Museo Arqueologico Nacional, aka, the MAN. The museum features an outstanding collection of artifacts from pre-historic times up to the modern era. I had visited this museum before but somehow managed to miss one of the museum’s greatest treasures, its collection of mosaics.…

On Holy Ground

At the burning bush Moses was asked to take off his shoes because he was standing on holy ground. [1] Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. [2]…

What To Expect When You Get Married By Your Brother

Professional clergy persons call them “official acts.” Folks who go for online ordination might call them “the big three”: weddings, baptisms and funerals. After four years of college and four years of seminary in order to qualify for ordination in my church denomination, and 30+ years of professional ministry which included officiating at countless official…