Author: Rev. Joanna

Beta Mode: Fed & Informed

Something that you’ll most likely hear at some point at Live Oak is that we’re “always in beta.” For those not in the world of programming, this refers to when software is put out in a limited release so that users can experiment with it … read more.

Locally Relevant

In 2013, as part of the ministerial search process, Live Oak
members were asked to fill out an extensive survey. One question was “What
problems/issues are likely to be pressing in ten years?” Several people
mentioned the geographically surrounding community we’re a part of, and
expressed a desire to … read more.

Spiritual Nourishment

Last Sunday, I called myself out for an attitude I’ve had: that what is going on in the political world is so “cray-cray” (to quote Rachel Maddow), that I needed to take a break from it all for my mental health. I confess and repent! … read more.


I have been spending my evenings this week watching the
Senate impeachment proceedings. I have found them to be both inspiring, in
terms of the obvious hard work done by the House Managers, and terribly
heartbreaking, as some of the senators openly flout their disrespect for the
serious issue … read more.

Get Cynical!

In most cases, I will never encourage people to become cynical. I think your life will be better the more open-hearted you become.

There is an exception. SCAMS.

I can get downright mean when it comes to many of the scams
that are out there, because … read more.

Discerning the Facts

There is a concerted effort to manipulate our understanding of reality. The news stories we read, and even the photos we’re shown online, may be retouched, slanted, or outright lies. I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that in 2020, especially with the impeachment proceedings … read more.

Living in the Future

The Saturday picture shows drew stories of a future
Robots, rocket ships, Mars and mutants
Articles about the lives of leisure we’d enjoy
Warnings of technology gone wrong
Nietzsche wrote of the Übermensch, a superman to save the masses
While John Nelson Darby preached of pre-tribulation rapture
Flying cars and … read more.

The Practice That Gives Me Reality

Wrapping paper, grocery lists, holiday cards, water the
tree, Hanukkah gelt, Skywalker tickets, impeachment hearings, looking back at
your 2019, Christmas lights, baking, impeachment vote, cooking, assembling,
packaging, flu shots, plans for 2020 …

How are we doing, friends?

The holiday season always has the potential for making life
feel … read more.

“I Wish I Had a River…”

It’s coming on Christmas
They’re cutting down trees
They’re putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace
I wish I had a river I could skate away on

— River, Joni Mitchell

Last Sunday, I did something I don’t think I’ve ever done. I … read more.

Is Goodness Attractive?

So, friends – how are you feeling? Reading the news on your computer, phone, or even (I’ve heard it’s a thing) newspaper, or watching news reports on tv, how is it affecting you? Do you need a break?

Allow me to join my voice with many … read more.