February 2, 2021

We All Need Resurrection

The word “lent” isn’t in the Bible, but the concept is. The word itself comes from the Old English and German words for “spring” and “long.” During the 40 or so days from Ash Wednesday to Easter, the days grow longer as we enter into spring. We begin in the […]
July 4, 2020

Self Evident Truths

Racism is sin and black lives matter. Neither one of these convictions should be hard to grasp for people of faith who read the Bible and take Jesus seriously. If we believe, as the book of Genesis tells us, that God created all people in God’s own image, then it […]
March 4, 2020

The Desert

Did you know that Lent parallels the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness without food, while being tempted by the devil? For Christians, Lent is 40 days we spend in a metaphorical wilderness, or a desert as the Bible often explains it, with dry mouths, empty bellies and open […]
April 1, 2019

Journey Through the Wild

April 1, 2019

Listening for a Change

November 30, 2017

The Answer We’re Waiting For

We will, no doubt, be hearing a great deal over the coming weeks about the need to keep Christ in Christmas, and so there’s no need for me to belabor that point here.  More pressing, perhaps – and certainly easier to lose sight of in this season of tinsel and […]
September 1, 2017

No Room for Racism, Hatred or Violence

There is no room for racism, hatred, or violence in the church of Jesus Christ. It’s hard to believe that this sentence still needs to be written in 2017—and yet it does, because the demonic power of racism, hatred, and violence still knows how to cloak itself in respectable clothing […]
April 1, 2017

The Moments Before Sunrise

One of my absolute, very favorite moments of the year during my time in Murfreesboro happened every Easter Sunday at about 5:30 in the morning.  Throughout Lent, a large cross stood on the lawn in front of the church, similar to the one we have out on Randolph Road.  (Many […]
November 1, 2016

Who’s Who and What’s What

At long last, we are finally nearing the end of what has been a brutal slog of an election season that has offered a lot more heat than light, and a lot less substance and civility than this country deserves. It has, at times, felt like the civic equivalent of […]