Rediscovering the Past

How to learn from ancient cultures so that you don't screw up the present

David Miller, M.Div., is a preacher, writer, blogger, fundraiser, and a priest in the Episcopal Church. He is a devoted husband, loving father, and great man of faith (in progress).

Carrying gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, the magi or wise men traveled from a distant country, probably ancient Babylon, to give gifts to the child Jesus. Their gifts represented the three major roles that Jesus fulfilled. The gold represents his authority as king of heaven and earth, the frankincense represents his role as Israel’s decisive […]

Who Does He Think He Is?

David Miller, M.Div., is a preacher, writer, blogger, fundraiser, and a priest in the Episcopal Church. He is a devoted husband, loving father, and great man of faith (in progress).

“What are they saying about me?” It’s a question we’re all preoccupied with, isn’t it? Even Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do men say that I am?” (Mark 8:27). Apparently, he was curious to know what people were saying about him. His disciples told him that people thought he was another prophet in the long […]

Into Great Silence

David Miller, M.Div., is a preacher, writer, blogger, fundraiser, and a priest in the Episcopal Church. He is a devoted husband, loving father, and great man of faith (in progress).

“QUIET!” Do you ever feel like screaming for some peace and quiet? Perhaps you have actually done so. Silence is hard to come by in the modern world. Planes, trains, automobiles, televisions, and smart phones are just a few of the modern technologies that fill our world with noise.     There’s so much noise, […]

What You Need to Do to Prepare for Lent

Ashes to Ashes

David Miller, M.Div., is a preacher, writer, blogger, fundraiser, and a priest in the Episcopal Church. He is a devoted husband, loving father, and great man of faith (in progress).

Ok, being an Episcopal priest doesn’t exempt me from irreverence. For the past five years I’ve been the priest at my parish’s 7:15am Ash Wednesday service. The Psalm always read at the service is Psalm 103.     Psalm 103:14 reads, “For [God] himself knows whereof we are made; he remembers that we are but […]

Music was My Escape

David Miller, M.Div., is a preacher, writer, blogger, fundraiser, and a priest in the Episcopal Church. He is a devoted husband, loving father, and great man of faith (in progress).

Do you remember being twelve? Is it awkward to think about? Anyway, that’s how old I was when I started “borrowing” music cassette tapes from my older brother’s room…and his Walkman too. I grew up in the stratosphere of the working-class-poor American family. It felt an inch higher than living in a homeless shelter. I […]

Keeping Perspective: Eyes to See

David Miller, M.Div., is a preacher, writer, blogger, fundraiser, and a priest in the Episcopal Church. He is a devoted husband, loving father, and great man of faith (in progress).

God said, “Let there be…” And everything life-giving that we experience is from that indescribably awesome moment when God spoke. From Genesis (the first book of the Bible) we learn that God made everything in creation and “it was very good.”     If you believe this story, if you believe that an eternal and […]

Remembering Good Friday

Into Your Hands I Commend My Spirit

Today, Christians around the world celebrate Good Friday. While the events we remember of this day are dark, the result of it is good. Thus, we call it Good Friday, the day of the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ. Before Jesus gives up his life, he calls out to God, “Father, into your hands […]

Can the Bible Be Reliable in Today’s World?

Asking the question “Is the Bible Reliable?” opens a whole can of worms in today’s post-modern world. Can anything be reliable? Can we really know certainty? What about those crazy Christian followers of the Bible? Don’t they have it all wrong? What is the Bible? What is its purpose? In last Sunday’s sermon, I dive […]

Sleeplessness Scares Me Again

Anxiety and sleeplessness: I have them both. The anxiety gets overlooked during the day, fired up at bedtime, and leaves me sleepless in the night. I can probably count at least 5-6 nights in the last month alone that I’ve had trouble getting to sleep.  Each night, thoughts begin racing through my head the moment […]