Over the Hill and Then Some – The Pluses of Being on the Back Side of the Hill

Turning forty is a milestone birthday, the first of the dreaded biggies ending in 0. Greeting cards and decorative paper napkins don’t ease the pain: “Happy 40th! You’re Over the Hill!”  Friends still in their thirties rag you for being … 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

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

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

Batteries Weren’t Included – the Missing Piece

Sermons I heard on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount did little to clear up the already present muddle in my adolescent brain. I grasped the concept of rules, guidelines and high standards and understood the expectation of perfection, that was … Continue reading

Bruised Shins from Stumbling Over Building Blocks of Faith

One evidence of the past three years of seminary study is bruised shins.  Instead of a brain filled with ready-made answers to life’s toughest questions, my hands are regularly on the ground and my knees are bent as I stumble … Continue reading

“Pray Until You Pray”. Huh?

In last week’s introductory class to American Church History, the professor shared some life-shaping advice he received from his pastor as a young adult — “Pray until you pray.”  My initial response was, “Huh?”  Then I heard the wisdom hidden … Continue reading

How Important is (fill in the blank with favorite Christian topic)? or Why are There so Many Denominations?

Pull a copy of the yellow pages off the shelf and set it before you.  I’m assuming you keep one copy of the annual directory in case of a power outage or a dead cell phone.. Turn to churches and … Continue reading

The Question: To Blog or Not to Blog

Some days I feel compelled to blog and share my thoughts, other days I wonder why I would think that was an important or meaningful thing to do.  Mine is a small, relatively unknown voice in the blogosphere realm, why … Continue reading