Shakespeare’s Hamlet contains the main character’s famous soliloquy, “To be, or not to be, that is the question.” Yet, in church life, many of us are always trying to do … Continue reading ‘Do’ or ‘Be’?
I recently saw the following quote: Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future. Sayings like this one can sound trite. Or, they can speak truth. Erudite aspirations … Continue reading Trite Sayings Can Speak Truth
Fewer people go to church today than in the past. Any time around almost any church will yield some form of the previous sentence. People lament declining numbers. They remember … Continue reading Avoiding Church & Speaking of God
Friday night, my two sons were at a church lock-in, and Melanie and I watched a movie. We had plans. The next day, we planned to drive to Tennessee for … Continue reading When Plans Change
One of my favorite devotionals often asks these questions: How do I find myself today? Where am I with God? With others? Do I have something to be grateful for? … Continue reading Grow Where You Are Planted
How do we carry the excitement of Easter forward? In many churches, including St. Endellion in Cornwall, UK, where I worshiped on April 28, the Sunday after Easter is Low … Continue reading Capturing Easter
On a recent visit to Oxford, UK, my wife and I were walking down a street. We used to live there, but moved away 12 years ago. During our visit, … Continue reading A Providential Stoke of Good Luck
My wife and I were on an international flight. It was not too long, about 6 hours, and like everyone else, we wanted the flight to be uneventful. Mostly, it … Continue reading Irritation or Compassion?
Were you there when Judas betrayed Jesus? Lent is a full season of preparation for Easter. After the demonstrators of Palm Sunday, we find Judas betraying Jesus in Luke 22.3-6. … Continue reading Spy Wednesday
Sometimes a little thing can be big. It can make a big difference. Little changes can out punch their weight class and seem like a big deal. Recently, a coworker … Continue reading Little Changes & Big Changes
In the Christianity, families occupy a special place. Yet, some so-called traditional family values take on a decidedly twentieth-century tone. For instance, monogamy and having few children are inconsistent with … Continue reading Twenty-first-Century Family Theology
What constraints do we put on God? How do our expectations limit what God can do in our lives? When we put ourselves first, instead of making Christ the king … Continue reading God’s Grace Bursts Through
What’s squeezing you in its grip? Work? Family? Life? To feel squeezed means to experience pressure. There is a subject (what is squeezing) and object (what is being squeezed). If … Continue reading What’s squeezing you in its grip?