Reading Time: 2 minutes I wonder what questions we should be asking. Asking the right question can lead us to the right answers. Recently, I was working on an electrical diagram for my sailboat … Continue reading What is the most important question today?
Reading Time: 2 minutes “If you build it, he will come.” The famous line from Field of Dreams (1989) served as a prescient foreshadow of one issue with building a pocket park at my … Continue reading What do you say to the homeless man sleeping on the church bench?
Reading Time: 2 minutes “Consider the lilies. They grow even though they don’t toil” (Matthew 6:28). Many people work very hard. Working hard is good. It is gratifying. Once, I was moving some boxes … Continue reading A Faith that Speaks to Today
Reading Time: 2 minutes Religious liberty under girds the Baptist tradition. It’s one of the reasons the English Separatists pulled away from the Anglican Church and started something new. People are free to believe … Continue reading A Pandemic, Elections, & Religious Liberty
Reading Time: 2 minutes When I get into a routine, it’s easy to keep my eyes down and stay focused on what is in front of me. During this time of social distancing, some … Continue reading Soaking in God’s Creation
Reading Time: 3 minutes In fourth-century Antioch, a man died leaving his young wife a widow. She was only 20 years old and had a son named John to raise by herself. I cannot … Continue reading Reconciliation According to John Chrysostom
Reading Time: 2 minutes Last week, Elmo and his father Louie discussed racism. I saw the following clip here: Elmo does not understand the protest, and his father explains that “a protest is when … Continue reading Elmo Teaches about Racism
Reading Time: 2 minutes When you hear the phrase, “Black lives matter,” what do you think? A few years ago, it seemed controversial, as if it showed preference for one group over another. Some … Continue reading #BlackLivesMatter & the Monday Protest Outside My Church
Reading Time: 4 minutes During a global pandemic and recession with 14.7% unemployment in the U.S., another white police officer killed an unarmed black man. This does not mean all police officers are racist … Continue reading What do we say in this moment?
Reading Time: 3 minutes We were finishing our dinner this evening when my phone chimed a news alert. The AP app said, “President Trump says he will deploy military unless states halt violent protests … Continue reading Speaking Truth in Love: “Mr. President, listen.”
Reading Time: 4 minutes My heart broke again this week when another police officer killed another unarmed black man. A police officer kneeled on George Floyd’s neck and he died. He didn’t have to … Continue reading Glorifying Violence Violates the Love of Christ
Reading Time: < 1 minute Will our response to this pandemic unite or further divide us? In 2017, I was near the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. By “near,” I mean that I … Continue reading Crossing the lines we draw