Living a Bigger Story

To be perfectly honest, this is one of those weeks when I greatly expand on the pericopes laid out by the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL). By beginning at Exodus 14:19, the RCL hits the highlight of this story of crossing…
September 13, 2020

When Life Calls for a Lullaby

Back in college, when I still thought college was the most stressful thing that could happen to me, I developed a pretty workable self-calming practice. When the tension in my shoulders knotted too tight and my heart raced down the…
September 12, 2020


Last weekend I had a transformative experience.Standing beside my friend’s tent-trailer, I suddenly became a different person. All because I was given a shovel, which I was instructed to hold upright, and when three-year-old Quinn made the proper chopping motion…
September 10, 2020

Remolding Idols of Clay

I grew up in a Southern Baptist world filled with sacred tunes of both the vintage and contemporary variety. Ironically, the tune that has framed my spiritual experience more than any other stemmed not from a nineteenth century revivalist hymn…
September 9, 2020

The Walls of Our Hearts

History is silted full of tragedies.  On the day I am writing this (a few days ahead of the just-past Labor Day holiday in the U.S.), my page-a-day calendar from the History Channel reminded me of the 16th anniversary of…
September 8, 2020

A Most Excellent Story of Labor

It is an interesting time to think about workers and labor. In the aftermath of the Civil War, unions became increasingly vocal about defending the rights of workers. Some of the more pragmatic unionists accepted capitalism but wanted to minimize…
September 7, 2020

Maybe It’s Just Dinner With a Side of Grace

My friend and colleague Daniel Meeter retired at the beginning of July. Back in May, speaking at a Reformed Church Center event, he likened our current condition of quarantine and social distancing to Israel’s Exodus journey, especially in the way…
September 6, 2020


"It was a test," he told me, after pulling me aside. "It's a story I thought you'd like, a story I wanted to tell you." We were in the den, a couple rooms away from the jabbering coming the family…
September 4, 2020

Speak of the Devil

Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against…
September 3, 2020