The Pilgrim’s Journey

Lately I’ve been reading, thinking and writing about the spiritual maturation process in the second half of life (SHOL). Underneath the discussion lies a fundamental question: why make the effort? If you’ve walked with the Lord for a while, your … Continue reading

When Surrender Means Winning

Surrender.  My mental image is a white flag. It is the universal symbol for surrender and signifies the desire for a truce. Woven into the fabric is a connotation of weakness, frailty, quitting, losing, of giving up the fight.  Those … Continue reading

What’s on Your Spiritual Bucket List?

For the first twenty, thirty years of adulthood, life’s potential fans out to a limitless horizon. Your body still does what you tell it to do, and life’s vagaries haven’t rung your doorbell yet. The list of what you can … Continue reading

Leadership is Tough: How to Respond When You’ve Messed Up

Being a leader with influence and power at your disposal is a precarious position at any time in history. Mark Driscoll is the most recent megachurch celebrity to be caught in the media spotlight.  The ouster of Driscoll and all Mars … Continue reading

Is the Church a Hospital, a Museum, or Both?

“Church is not a museum for saints, but a hospital for sinners.”  Morton Kelsey Brennan Manning cites this familiar quotation in The Ragamuffin Gospel, where he expounds on the need for humility in order to receive the amazing grace offered … Continue reading

Road Tripping with an Unusual Passenger

It was sunny, 86, and late in the afternoon on a mid-July day. The morning thunderstorms had moved on, taken the humidity with them and left behind a well-deserved summer day after the chill of the Polar Vortex winter. I … Continue reading

Liturgical Leaves on Baptist Roots: A Year with the Church Calendar

The church banners are green, clerical collars have replaced flowing vestments, and the liturgy has settled  into the rhythm of the extended Ordinary Time post-Pentecost. The church calendar revolved one turn, and I’m back to the place I began the … Continue reading

What’s Your Response to the “I Am” Statements in John?

One of the distinguishing characteristics of John’s gospel as compared to the Synoptics (the gospels written by Matthew, Mark and Luke), is the Evangelist’s use of eight quotations of Jesus in the form of “I am” statements. In seven of … Continue reading

I Missed the Graveyard – A Look Back at My Time in Seminary

If asked to list my dreams for the future as an adolescent, attending seminary would not have been one of them. Partly because it was not an option at the seminaries I would have wanted to attend; mostly because it … Continue reading

Is God looking for heroes to change the world?

I used to think God wanted heroes.  Now I think he’s looking for something else. I need more fingers and toes to count the sermons I’ve heard on the better-known heroes in the Bible.  Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, Deborah, … Continue reading