First Sunday of Advent in Pictures

Today was the first Sunday of Advent in our new church and I took a few picture to capture the experience of the day. It’s going to be great season leading up to Christmas. We are glad to be at St. Peter’s Episcopal in Chattanooga.

Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque

We got some butternut squash from a fellow church member last week and tonight some soup was made from it. This was a little spicy, delicious and good for you.

The Soup Diva

This soup tastes like you slaved over the stove all day, but it’s actually quite simple and very delicious!

  • 2 butternut squash
  • 1 cup heavy cream (or 1 can coconut milk)
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp butter or coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion or 1 shallot, coarsely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Sriracha (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Slice squash in half and removed seeds. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast squash in oven at 400 degrees, cut side down, until tender (about 45 minutes). When cool enough to handle, use metal spoon to scrape flesh out of skin into bowl.
Saute onion and garlic in butter or oil in large pot; add seasonings. Stir in broth; then add squash and heat until bubbling. Remove from heat and…

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Black or White…Not Many Shades of Gray

There are times when I am a black or white sort of guy, and there aren’t many shades of gray. It’s one thing, or another. Sometimes I am about what’s on the extremes, instead of the middle. That bothers me because I sometimes come across as a jerk who isn’t very open minded. We live in a world where there is lots of moderation and a middle way sort of thing. My Episcopal faith teaches the Via Media which about the middle way or perhaps a 3rd option.

I need to perhaps embrace that more. Lots of people live in the gray, because it is what helps them get through life without being lonely because they are more concerned with people more than positions or politics or anything like that. Sometimes I need to be called out for not thinking about others and their viewpoints. My friends I want to be the person who thinks about the road others have taken to get where they are and perhaps learn something myself about their struggles.

Now is the time to embrace the notion that we are all different, unique and talented in our own ways and there are people who are many shades of gray.