Church Lessons from the COVID Era

The world has been upended by the emergence of COVID-19 in late 2019. The changes it has wrought in our world are unprecedented in my lifetime. The loss of life has been staggering and personal. The loss of security is also profound. Furthermore, people’s faith in institutions and trust in each other has cratered! What is your go-to metaphor for this season we’ve endured? Is … Continue reading Church Lessons from the COVID Era

Garage Church

Prolific 1980s pop philosopher William R Joel once said “Life is a series of Hellos and Good-byes. I’m afraid it’s time for Good-bye again.” Itinerant ministers become accustomed to saying Good-bye, it’s my turn again. I know these things stretch out and get annoying before they’re done. There is often a little bit of relief when the day to leave finally arrives: at least you … Continue reading Garage Church

Mr. President, Vaccinate the Teachers

Dear Mr. President, I am writing to ask you to prioritize the vaccination of teachers. I suspect that many are vying for your attention on this matter. Please hear out my case for vaccinating teachers sooner rather than later. My wife Meredith and I have two kids, a fifth-grader named Anna and a second-grader named Ollie. They have both been in remote learning since March … Continue reading Mr. President, Vaccinate the Teachers

This Year Together

This year togetherYou’ve maneuvered wiselyYou’ve used your words, screaming at times, breathless at timesYou’ve said what you wantedYou wanted timeMy time, with you, your termsYou spoke your needYou worked the family and the calendar and the traditionsScaled the barrier and brought a dream into fruition. You also shared a joy, created an opportunity and dreamt big.  I’m so proud of you. Not only proud: humbledNot only humbled: moved, … Continue reading This Year Together

Trump goes Biblical at St. James Church

If you’re looking for a Biblical parallel to Trump’s photo stunt in front of St. James Church, look no further than the “desolating sacrilege” of Daniel chapter 9. Jesus had his own warning about the desolating sacrilege in his day (Matthew 24). What’s the Desolating Sacrilege? Daniel petitions the Lord for mercy for Jerusalem, who has been overrun with corruption and injustice. Daniel confesses his … Continue reading Trump goes Biblical at St. James Church

Perhaps I’ll Die in the Fog of Dementia

Perhaps I’ll die in the fog of dementia.Perhaps I’ll forget what buttons do and I’ll get mad because I am cold and madder because someone I don’t know is putting a jacket on me.Perhaps I’ll look into those eyes and not recall our decades of moving and being as one. Will I know you still love me?Even then, maybe I’ll forget the world is full … Continue reading Perhaps I’ll Die in the Fog of Dementia