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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: < 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: 2 minutes In my church, our Lenten theme is “Reminders of Faith.” We are looking at every day items that remind us of our faith journeys. What reminds you of your faith? … Continue reading Little Reminders of Faith
Reading Time: 3 minutes “From dust you have come. To dust you will return.” During our Ash Wednesday worship service, I repeated that phrase one hundred times. Each time, I drew a little cross … Continue reading Ash Wednesday Reflection