Why I'll never say, "You know, you learned that in Sunday School"

I’ve got some more substantial posts brewing in my head, but chapel week has taken over my life this week so they will have to wait till after Friday at 11:00 am. In fact, I’ll probably post about chapel week overall. Until then, a thought for the day. I was writing something recently — don’t […]

Energy Policy of Stupid

  This week’s non-debate debate about energy policy has been fascinating. Neither candidate–except Nader and Gore–really excites me about energy. Here’s why… I like high gas prices. I don’t want prices to come down, I want them to stay between $4-5 a gallon. Americans drove 3% less these last few months compared to last year, […]

Back in the good ole days

  Last week, I heard a fascinating show on NPR discussing journalistic ethics and the presidential campaign. You can probably guess the main topics discussed: the relative ignorance of the average voter, whether journalists should vote or contribute to campaigns, FOX news, that sort of thing. The conversation was fascinating to me, mainly because it […]

Reflection: "god is NOT great" by Christopher Hitchens

I’m a member of two book groups at the moment, both at my local independent bookstore, Little Shop of Stories. One of the groups, Guys Who Read just read, god is NOT great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens. I jumped at the opportunity to read and discuss the book in a non-churchy environment, and […]

The year of the butterfly

  In China this is the year of the rat. In Spain, this is the year of sporting triumphs. In my little world, this is the year of transitions. One year from now, our first new car will be ready for her birthday. One year from now, I may have graduated from seminary. One year […]

Hungry Minds

“Hungry Minds” a piece by Ian Frazier in the May edition The New Yorker was the best example of church history, homeless ministry description, and engaging writing I have ever come across.  Ok, well I haven’t come across anything like his piece before, but it’s brilliantly done. That said, Frazier angered me with the first […]

Pull that chord: A CD, a blog post, and a congregation

So I admit it. Sometimes I start composing posts about events before they happen. I mean I don’t actually report on something before it happens, but in anticipation I’ll frame an upcoming experience in terms of how to describe it on my blog. Last Sunday, I planned just such a post, but my actual experience […]

Series: What I learned about America by living in Scotland, Part II

Part II: Americans are conservative (for part I see: America is big. No, really, America is BIG!) A few months ago, Reubin Askew, former Democratic governor of Florida who also served in the Carter administration, was a guest on the BBC political show “Question Time.” After spending some time in the UK, Askew explained to […]

Back across the pond

I didn’t realize it a week ago, but I needed a vacation.  Ministry is hard, time-consuming, intense stuff and it takes your energy and you don’t even realize it. I’m a solid Myers-Briggs “introvert”–as are most pastors–so though I work with people all day long, I find it does zap my energy.  If I’ve been […]