Consumerism eclipses spirituality during holidays. It seems as though all religions suffer from the same materialism displacing faith. People want to express their love for family and friends, and the … Continue reading Post-Christmas Reflection
Dear CN, We met one summer day in the early 1990s. My mother and I visited your campus and I was smitten by the friendly faces, pretty grounds, and interesting … Continue reading Carson-Newman, what happened?
Eight years ago (2007), my family and I began a journey. We left our life in the US from BWI airport. My two sons were three and four years old. … Continue reading Past, present, & future
Sin is real. Part of human freedom includes the ability to make decisions. Some of the decisions are good, and some are bad. Sinfulness is the state of human freedom … Continue reading Sin & Freedom
What can I say that is most helpful to you? I am a white, male, North American. Those identifying characteristics put me in a unique category. Whatever I say, I … Continue reading Helpful Words
On Tuesday, I traveled with thirteen people from the church where I serve as pastor to Haiti. This is my sixth trip, and I have learned much on each one. … Continue reading Haiti, can I serve you?
Jeremiah and Hezekiah saw the world differently. Jeremiah talked about the need for the people to repent, to change from their ways to God’s ways. Hezekiah was Mr. Sunshine; he … Continue reading Taking the Long View
My final day in Haiti, on this trip, was one of the best days I have had in this country of endless contradictions. 6:00 AM Wake up. Mornings are nice … Continue reading Last Day (this trip)
Yesterday, I visited Source de Lumiere orphanage in Port-au-Prince. My fourth visit over the past two years revealed many changes. Individually, each change was relatively small, but taken together, they … Continue reading Little Changes Can Make a Big Difference
Not all ideas are well conceived. For the past three years, I have been going to Haiti. Originally, I started going as a professor at L’Université Chrétienne du Nord d’Haíti … Continue reading Sail Repair in Haiti
Helmut Thielicke (1908-1986) was a German Protestant theologian and prolific writer. He engaged with Karl Barth’s theology early in his career and was active in the German Confessing Church during … Continue reading Book Review: A Little Exerecise for Young Theologians by Helmut Thielicke
Voluntary Simplicity Duane Elgin(New York: Quill, 1993) In Voluntary Simplicity, Duane Elgin introduces readers to the idea of living outwardly simply, but experiencing an inwardly rich life. The book was first … Continue reading Book Review: Voluntary Simplicity by Duane Elgin