I hope that you do not have a happy Christmas. How about that for Christmas cheer? Before you imagine three ghosts visiting me, hear me out. My inspiration comes from … Continue reading I hope that you did not have a happy Christmas…
“I stand at the door and knock,” says the Lord. When I was a child, my grandmother had a popular print of Jesus knocking at a door. Of course, it … Continue reading What does encountering Christ mean?
Advent is almost over. The teenaged bride Mary seems like a distant dream. The simplicity of Jesus’ birth is far away. We have Christmas lists, parties, and shopping. At church, … Continue reading Peace in the Midst of Holiday Craziness
I met Kevin in the 1990s. He was a teenager in my brother’s first pastorate. Though his outward life bore the marks of a committed Christian, he would not make … Continue reading Kevin Ly—In Memoriam
What does it mean to be a Christian? One definition might include inviting people to walk the aisle and make a profession of faith. Then, we would baptize them, and … Continue reading Participating in God
Our minds might race to answer, “What is the most important question today in the church?” But, I am wondering what is the most important question in the world today. … Continue reading What is the most important question today?
Psalm 37:7, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.” Recently, I encountered someone … Continue reading Be Still When the Wicked Prosper
The German theologian Wolfhart Pannenberg published an essay in 1991 called, “The Need for “The content of truth that is inherent in the documents of the tradition has to be … Continue reading The Need for Systematic Theology
1 Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.2 Prove me, O Lord, and try me; test my heart and mind.3 For your steadfast love is before … Continue reading Psalm 26–A Reflection
What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than to pick up a banned book. People ban books for various reasons. Sometimes an author encourages racism or racial harmony. People … Continue reading Banned Book Review—Pedagogy of the Oppressed
A week ago, a Facebook friend sent me a message. He asked me to forward a political message to all of my friends. I try to be apolitical and so … Continue reading My Conversation with a Racist-sounding Friend
The spotlight shined on Charlottesville this weekend. Violence drew the media’s insatiable thirst for sensationalism. A man killed a woman and injured 19 others. Two police officers died when their … Continue reading Reacting to the World (& Seeing God)