Reading Time: 3 minutes St. Ambrose was the Archbishop of Milan during the fourth century. He was one of the most influential figures in the early church, and tradition holds that after St. Augustine … Continue reading Letting Our Life Reflect God Each Day
Reading Time: 2 minutes The other day, I felt the dreariness of isolation. It wasn’t loneliness because I am lucky to social distance with my family. Fortune smiled on us because we like being … Continue reading Good Day – A Song for Times Like This
Reading Time: 4 minutes Years ago, I attended a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) dinner. I was serving as pastor of my first church, and Daniel Vestal led a Q&A session. When my turn at … Continue reading Why Do Denominations Exist?
Reading Time: 2 minutes Tonight, after my family went to bed, I watched Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George on YouTube. The interplay of harmony and dissonance make it a masterpiece of … Continue reading Sunday in the Park with George
Reading Time: 3 minutes The phrase, “These are strange days,” is getting high mileage right now. As I talk with people, I hear similar stories. Some share the creative ways they are dealing with … Continue reading A Strange Holy Week
Reading Time: 6 minutes What kind of king do we celebrate? Are we ready for God? The crowds have gathered to shout, “Hosanna!” They will change their minds. By Friday, some of the same … Continue reading What kind of king do we need right now?
Reading Time: 3 minutes Wherever people gather, evil follows. This is not some outside force. This is not a cartoonish devil or demon trying dissuade people from following their purest desires. We bring evil … Continue reading Zoombombing: Darkness, Fear, & Light During a Pandemic
Reading Time: 5 minutes “In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the exiles by the Chebar, the heavens were opened, and I … Continue reading Hope for Hopelessness
Reading Time: 3 minutes The church is a family. It is the embodiment of God’s work in the world. The church is not an institution, like any other nonprofit or charity. People come together … Continue reading Maintaining Connections in a Time of COVID-19
Reading Time: 6 minutes Binoculars help people see things more clearly. When I sail, binoculars are an essential tool for navigation. When out on the water, I can see marker buoys from a great … Continue reading Seeing as God Sees
Reading Time: < 1 minute Wendell Berry writes in his poem “The Peace of Wild Things” When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in … Continue reading The Peace of Wild Things
Reading Time: 3 minutes The onslaught of news about COVID-19 is accelerating. FOMO (fear-of-missing-out) challenges any attempts to create social distancing between me and the news. I turn off the news and a few … Continue reading “Be still, & know that I am God!” A Coronavirus Reflection