Essay

Walk With Me

“Walk with me?” she asked. “Sure.” I said, happy to give my procrastination an alibi. I shut my lap-top and we drove down to Governor Nelson State Park, our home-turf park not seven miles from the end of our driveway.…
August 28, 2020
Essay

Boundary Issues

Commenting on the fall of Jerry Falwell, Jr. – whose mounting sexual and life-style scandals have now culminated in his forced resignation as president of Liberty University – might seem like shooting fish in a barrel. “The jokes write themselves,”…
August 27, 2020
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My Daughter’s Prayer for Friends

“Pray for friends, and fun.” The day before we drove 1100 miles to our new home and congregation in Palm Beach, Florida, my wife and I recorded a short video to say hello to our new community and invite them…
August 26, 2020
Essay

Heresy and Alternative Facts

Fighting against heresy is a deep-seated part of church history.  We maybe don’t like to think of Christianity that way.  We prefer to present Christianity as the proclamation of Good News, of the Gospel, of peace and hope and joy.  …
August 25, 2020
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Backyard Thin Space

As I wheel a load of weeds past the six-foot fence that keeps deer from my husband’s vegetables, I sigh and mutter, “I’m discouraged.” “Why?” he asks, without looking up from seeding a row of carrots. “I spent all morning…
August 24, 2020
Essay

Pan and Panic in a Pandemic

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do you say that the Son of man is?” Matthew 16:13 Why did Jesus walk his disciples 30 miles from the Sea of Galilee to…
August 23, 2020
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The story of the story

Found it. I just hadn’t read the small print. I had turned right off the gravel road and headed to the scruffy Cather Township cemetery where a number of Cathers are buried. Not Willa--that I knew. But I was hoping…
August 21, 2020
Essay

Who Will We Choose to Be?

In this moment in history, the white American Church has a decision to make: whether or not we will choose to walk in the truth. We are rightfully - and belatedly - at a fork in the road, and we…
August 20, 2020
Essay

Names & Power

The first football game I ever attended in Iowa pitted the Dutch against the Norse. Who knew such strong ethnic sentiments still persisted? Team names like Highlanders, Celtics, and Vikings express similar ethnic heritages. Last month, after years of pressure,…