I Will, and I Ask God to Help Me

I have vows on my mind. Today, I spent a bit of time working on a wedding service for a dear friend whose upcoming, COVID-19-altered ceremony I’ll officiate. At the center of the service, of course, are the vows that…
September 23, 2020

All Belong: A Tribute

“Where were you when Kennedy was shot?” is a question asked of those who remembers that day.  What fewer people know is that wherever they were when Kennedy was shot, that is also where they were when C.S. Lewis died. …
September 22, 2020

September Weeding

This September morning, I went out to weed the neglected backyard border bed. This corner of my garden, out of sight from my backyard, gets rare attention. I push the rusting wheelbarrow of tools through the arbor and over the…
September 21, 2020

Farm Refugia and Church on the Edges

Twenty miles outside town, out among corn fields and orchards, we find the driveway marked by an unassuming sign: Plainsong Farm. As we pull in and park on the grass, I’m struck by how ordinary it all looks. Two farm…
September 19, 2020


A couple of weeks ago, out west on the Oregon Trail, I couldn't help being astounded by both the clockwork and the sheer number of Union Pacific long-haulers passing, one after another after another, on their way east, each heavy…
September 18, 2020

Fear of Freedom

They came to Jesus and saw the demoniac sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the legion; and they were afraid. Those who had seen what had happened to the demoniac and to…
September 17, 2020

Meeker Mornings

Midweek. I find myself muttering “how is it only Tuesday?” Perhaps your life, too, is a little bit of a whirlwind at the moment. I don’t have time to read long posts (even really good ones), and I definitely don’t…
September 16, 2020

A Letter to White Evangelical Friends

Dear Friends, For most of the past decade our daughter has shared a small house in Washington, D.C. Hotels are expensive there and I am a cheapskate, so when we visit we stay with my wife’s cousin, who owns a…
September 14, 2020