Bill Johnson

Spiritual Reminders and Simple Sunday Sermons from a "free range pastor"



On “Bad” Preaching

On Preaching by Frederick Buechner “There is perhaps no better proof for the existence of God than the way year after year he survives the way his professional friends promote him. If there are people who remain unconvinced, let them… Continue Reading →

Walking Home

Walking Home “We’re all just walking each other home.”  Ram Daas. What a beautiful and profound quote.  And what a wonderful spiritial reminder and perspective giver. This world is not our home.  But often we think it is.  We put… Continue Reading →

Your Light Matters

Your Light Matters. “Your task doesn’t matter, your light does.”  Caroline Myss It doesn’t matter what you do.  How menial or small the task.  What matters is the intention that it’s done with.  Through whatever we do, do we intend,… Continue Reading →

Revolutionary Happiness

Revolutionary Happiness.  “The most revolutionary act one can commit in this world is to be happy.”  Patch Adams Change me O God into one who constantly chooses to be happy.  For joy is who I really am in you.  But… Continue Reading →

Ruin and Hope

Ruin and Hope. “Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.”  Rumi I’m so struck by this quote.  It’s about resiliency. I have often felt ruined.  Ruined by what’s happening in my world.  Ruined by my thoughts, my… Continue Reading →

To be Relieved of God

To be Relieved of God. It’s not about being relieved of the true God, but of the false God.  The God we make up in our minds.  It’s about overcoming our distorted and false images of God.  For we have… Continue Reading →

The Ride of Life

The Ride of Life.  “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up,… Continue Reading →

Humor Isn’t for Everyone?!

Humor isn’t for everyone?!  “I realize that humor isn’t for everyone. It’s only for people who want to have fun, enjoy life, and feel alive.” Anne Wilson Schaef. Walking through a shop in Saugatak Michigan. My wife saw a card and… Continue Reading →

Becoming Myself

Becoming myself.  “Now, with God’s help, I shall become myself.”  Soren Keirkegaard Perhaps we think that we have to become like someone else, or be someone else in order to be accepted or approved.  Sometimes we don’t like ourselves very… Continue Reading →

All Shall Be Well

“All shall be well. For there is a force of love moving through the universe that holds us fast and will never let us go.” Julian of Norwich Beautiful words by a mystic from the 14th century.  In other words… Continue Reading →

Just Coincidence?

Just Coincidence?  “Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.”  Albert Einstein The more I trust God, the more coincidences, synchronicities, serendipities and divine surprises seem to happen in my life.  Things that I never could plan or imagine or figure… Continue Reading →

Lighten Up

Lighten Up.  “Life is too important to be taken seriously.”  Oscar Wilde Change me O God, into one who doesn’t take life so seriously. Help me to become like a little child who plays, laughs and enjoys this adventure of… Continue Reading →

Soul Identity

Soul Identity:  “You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.” – George MacDonald

What We See

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” Anaïs Nin (Also attributed to Talmud, Immanuel Kant, G. T. W. Patrick, H. M. Tomlinson and Steven Covey.) So if I am… angry fearful confused scared unloving… Continue Reading →

Love Cures

“Love cures people – both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.” Karl Menninger

Startling Love

“To love is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.”  – EMILY DICKINSON

Beams of Love

“And we are put on this earth a little space that we may learn to bear the beams of love.” – WILLIAM BLAKE

Invincible Spirit

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” – ALBERT CAMUS Dear God, may this be true for all who struggle, anytime of the year, with low grade depression or situational despair. Could it… Continue Reading →

God’s Presence

“Bidden or unbidden, God is present.” – CARL JUNG Some say Desiderius Erasmus said this or perhaps Carl Jung popularized it. But whoever coined it first – I love the eternal truth of it. and it’s even fun to say… Continue Reading →

Remove the Barriers for Love

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” – RUMI

Life is a Feast

“Feast on your life.” – DEREK WALCOTT

What Are You Looking For?

“You find what you look for.” – TONI POWELL

The Only Prayer to Pray

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” – MEISTER ECKHART

Right Thinking

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you are right.” – HENRY FORD

To Live is Rare

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – OSCAR WILDE

Go Paint the Stars

“When I have a terrible need of – shall I say the word – religion. Then I go out and paint the stars.” – VINCENT VAN GOGH

The Life in Your Years

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Who Are You?

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” – TEILHARD DE CHARDIN We all suffer from spiritual amnesia at times – forgetting who we are. This is a quote that helps… Continue Reading →

Life is not a Problem

“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” – SOREN KEIRKEGAARD So often I live “unconsciously” and just go through my “plan and ordinary” days facing and dealing with problems and getting so caught… Continue Reading →

Live Deeply

“It is not the length of life, but depth of life.” – RALPH WALDO EMMERSON Live deeply!  Yes, yes, yes!  To live deeply for as long as I can!  Thank you Ralph!  And God,, may it be so.

Life is Waiting for You

“You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.” – JOSEPH CAMPBELL I don’t know exactly where my life is headed right now or even for the past couple of… Continue Reading →

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