When a Piece of Art Won’t Let You Go

It wasn’t Magritte’s paintings of bowler-hatted men, the pipe that isn’t a pipe, or the steam locomotive puffing smoke, suspended in air, emerging from the walled-in fireplace that pinned my feet to the exhibit floor like a butterfly in an … Continue reading

Conquer Difficult Subjects and Reap the Benefits

A statistics course was a requirement for my undergraduate economics degree. Without an economics professor qualified to teach the subject that year, the econ majors enrolled in the psych department’s statistics class. After several weeks, the few could-be statisticians were … Continue reading

A Story from Savannah: Where Legacy and Tradition Fell Short

For nearly three hundred years, Christians have met for worship at a church on the eastern side of Johnson Square in Savannah, Georgia. Known today as Christ Church Episcopal, the church’s lineage is a long and illustrious one filled with … 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

Blessings Discovered in My First Liturgical Advent

Previously I wrote about my journey from a conservative Baptist background toward a liturgical church.  For the past six months, I have been attending an evangelical Anglican church, and this December was my first “official” observance of Advent. My previous … Continue reading

Strange Things and Fire Storms

Celebrity pastors and leaders had their time in the spotlight this past week. I returned on Saturday from a twenty-four hour seminary course taught in a retreat format and discovered the blogosphere humming with the antics and doctrinal claims of several … Continue reading

Blind Men and Elephant Parable

            When I first heard the “Blind Men and Elephant” parable used as a teaching illustration, I looked on the observations of the sightless individuals with a hint of derision. I thought, “If only they could … 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

Follow-up to Multiple Voices Post

In a comment to my previous blog post friend and fellow blogger, Michelle Van Loon, encouraged me to post recommendations for non-Western and/or female theological voices to consider when reading the Bible. Great idea Before the list of suggested texts … Continue reading

Going Where You Never Thought You Would

Attracted to something you never guessed you would be?  I am feeling the pull now. I attended a Baptist church throughout my junior and senior high years. This church emphasized Bible study, altar calls, baptism, and sending missionaries around the … Continue reading