Teaching: Year 30

This morning—perhaps even as you are reading this—I’ll be beginning the new academic year. My 30th as a college teacher. And fittingly, I think, I’ll be in the same course at 8 a.m. as I was in the fall of…
September 2, 2020

Pastors, Don’t Lose Heart!

This past week I had four separate phone conversations with pastors in four different regions of the country. While each of these conversations was unique, they all had a hauntingly similar theme. That theme went something like this:“I’m so tired.…
August 31, 2020

First Days and Other Beginnings

There were many things I was afraid of before I left for my study abroad semester in Chile back in the fall of 1996. Amidst a whole host of rational and irrational fears, the concern that troubled me most was…
August 29, 2020

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

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

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

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

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