Jun16WedJune 16, 2021
I got my first groundhog last night. The ten-pound thief was tearing up my farmer friend’s soybean field, and I wanted to help. Plus, I like shooting. But I didn’t realize till later how much groundhog hunting has in common with spirituality.
Several verses come to mind, but these two will do:
Jun9WedJune 9, 2021
Tragedy has tinted our town the last several weeks. As the world emerges from the pandemic, our small community has lost our excellent high school JROTC leader to sudden death and then one of the high school secretaries to sudden brain seizures. A church member’s son is diagnosed with cancer, and my wife’s brother is suffering from...
Jun2WedJune 2, 2021
“I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;
I possess knowledge and discretion. 
“How have you ridden motorcycles for forty years and never been hurt when seven of my friends have been badly injured or killed on them?” The more I thought about my young friend’s question, the more safety precautions I listed. But then I...
May26WedMay 26, 2021
He was a small man, wiry, and energetic. A big teaser, that's how I remember Uncle Lewis, who was not my uncle at all but a long-time family friend. My mother babysat their daughters in the 1950s. She still remembers the day, in 1942, when he came by the house in his dress whites and squatted down to say goodbye to his then six-year-old friend.
May19WedMay 19, 2021
“Have you heard this podcast going around Christian circles?” My friend asked, referring to the Holy Post Podcast, Why We’re Divided & Positive Pluralism with Bob Roberts. Full disclosure, I have not listened to it. But Roberts references The Splintering of the Evangelical Soul , by Christianity Today Editor in Chief,...
May12WedMay 12, 2021
May 14, 2011, Winnipeg, Canada. We’d just stepped off the plane, collected our baggage, and loaded up in the two Chevy Astro vans Johnnie and Alex drove over from Camp Of The Woods and settled in for the five-hour trip back to camp. As our van pulled away from the curb, we heard a horrible scraping sound. SKRRRRRR!
May5WedMay 5, 2021
Breakpoint , Christianity Today , and the Institute for Family Studies recently reported on a new Pew Research survey indicating that American evangelicals embrace premarital sex and cohabitation in increasing numbers. Writing for IFS, David J. Ayers says, “It is stunning that this has quietly come to pass among adherents to a form of...
Apr28WedApril 28, 2021
A dear friend from a nearby town visited and shared a story all too common among evangelicals. Less than three years into his tenure and without warning, his new pastor imposed a righteousness test on the congregation. If the church refused to follow his lead, he would resign.
Few things surprise me after thirty years in ministry, but some just...
Apr21WedApril 21, 2021
The question stumped me. I was in my early thirties, wrestling with deep disappointments, anxieties, and frustrations. Phil was a retired pastor and WWII vet who had become my mentor. Ever so gently, he asked again, "Who are you?"
My mind flashed back to some things my father had said to me in anger, to memories of singing in church and...
Apr14WedApril 14, 2021
In his novel, A Painted House, John Grisham describes a Sunday school teacher eulogizing a mean character named Jerry Sisco, who had been killed the night before in a back alley fight after he picked on one person too many.
In the words of the little boy who had seen the fight with his friend Dewayne: "She made Jerry sound like a Christian and...