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About Us

This was always about us.  Not them.  It wasn’t originally about wealthy political machines.  It wasn’t originally about email servers and tax returns.  It wasn’t about conspiracy theories and plagiarized speeches and who scored better on a fact checking pop quiz.  It was about us… the people of this fair land – a land where




A Single Droning Note

A mentor of mine used to say that every preacher has just one sermon.  It’s true for Billy Graham.  For Mother Teresa.  For Buechner and Nouwen and Craddock.  For Barbara Brown Taylor and Harry Emerson Fosdick.  Joel Osteen, too, for that matter.  It’s true for me, and it’s true for you.  We all have just




Glitter in the Ashes

On this Ash Wednesday, the Mardi Gras beads still cling effortlessly to Crepe Myrtle branches at the sanctuary entrance.  It’s always a wonderful contrast of optics.  In the foreground are little cheap plastic strands of merriment thrown from double-decker floats.  Directly behind them stands a gothic revival house of worship dressed in its finest arches




If You Ever Wonder

The light of a lonely purple candle on my coffee table signals the start of the Advent season.  For those who follow the liturgical rhythms of the Christian year, this season offers a holy invitation.  It stands sober and resolute, calling us to consider what promises might find fulfillment around the next turn. In many




Just Enough

Henry David Thoreau famously wrote, “I went to woods because I wanted to live deliberately… to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.” After returning from my own time of solitude in the woods, I think Thoreau could afford to tap the breaks a bit. In an overarching sense, the trip was




Day One

Imagine a kid who grew up memorizing lines from every Disney movie in the vault. He went on vacation at some point in those formative years. And on that vacation, perhaps he had a photo op with Mickey and a memorable twirl on the teacups. And then, at the end of the most magical day




Ten Year Old Adventure

When I returned home, a friend asked me, “So what was this trip about?”  I wasn’t sure how to answer then.  Or now.  It’s almost two weeks later, and I’m still not 100% certain what the trip was supposed to be.  It was a hundred different things.  Or maybe just one quite simple thing.  I’m




For My Unambitious One

Dear Son, I should probably explain my awkward laughter the other day. It really wasn’t because we were losing the soccer game 9-0. And it wasn’t because you had just asked about post-game snacks for the fourth time. Honestly, I think the laughter was directed at myself – for how slow I am in learning




This is My Body

The first thing I noticed about Ruth was her right leg.  I feel bad admitting that now, maybe because of the expectation that good pastors should see beyond the surface of appearances.  But nope.  The first thing I saw when I looked at Ruth was her swollen leg. The swelling was caused by a condition




Forever Linked — A Guest Post

Today my youngest son turned 4 years old.  We had his birthday party yesterday.  It seemed very appropriate.  For my family, the dates of April 26 and April 27 will forever be linked.  One day of enormous grief.  Followed by one day of overwhelming joy.  Neither experience ever truly free of the other. Today’s blog