Cross my heart and hope to die or cross my fingers and know I lie?
January 23, 2016
Sometimes the right hand and left know exactly what the other is doing Does your left hand know what your right hand is doing? Physiologically, yes. Organizationally, not always. When we encounter incongruent directives or conflicting information we often respond in exasperation that “the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing!” By this […]
God is on the move!
January 8, 2016
I spent the last two days in prayer with leaders representing more than a third of the churches in America. In the spirit of Joel 1:14, we gathered to “Cry Out to the Lord” in solemn assembly. It was a time of united prayer – across all that ordinarily divides us generationally, racially, and denom […]
Surveying our walk with Christ and charting a course for spiritual growth
January 2, 2016
Think of this as an exercise in taking a year-end inventory of your life and cultivating the spiritual soil for an abundant harvest in the year ahead. Taking stock of your spiritual life Get out your 2015 calendar, your journal, your Bible and your check register. Slowly, soberly look through them and take stock. Bible […]
Christmas is coming! What does that mean?
December 23, 2015
As we approach the celebration of Christmas, let us unwrap the mystery and the meaning of the manger. From the perspective of reasoned thought or a rational mind, the Bible’s claim that the God of the universe, the Maker of Heaven and Earth, took on human flesh by being born of a virgin some 2,000 years […]
After dinner conversations: learning to talk about religion and politics in polite company
December 21, 2015
Like you, I grew up under the rule of “polite company.” My parents regularly entertained and our home was an almost continual parade from Thanksgiving to New Years. My sister and I always had assigned responsibilities and we were briefed on the names, relationships and interests of all who would be in attendance. Then there […]
Christmas Confusion: Muslims believe in the virgin birth of Jesus but all Christians do not
December 17, 2015
While the airwaves are filled with the refrain “Mary did you know” the person of Mary, the circumstances of conception, and the nature of her child, Jesus, are sources of deep theological division. Evangelical Christians and Muslims agree that Jesus was born of the virgin Mary. But Progressive Christians and Jews reject that. Some Eastern Christians and Roman […]
Donald Trump is he or is he not a Presbyterian or Evangelical
December 15, 2015
Donald Trump says he’s a Presbyterian. The Presbyterian Church (USA) says he’s not. Who’s right? Curiously, Donald Trump is not the one asking what it means to be Presbyterian. The PCUSA is having that conversation about its own identity. The denomination’s online survey that is being used to discern the identity of the PCUSA, begins: […]
If the world is a stage then who is sitting in the front row?
December 7, 2015
It has been said that all the world is a stage and in our Flickr/Instagram culture your audience can span the globe. No longer do those watching need to inhabit the same physical space. It is now possible to have followers you’ve never led, fans you’ve never seen and Facebook friends you’ll never meet. We […]
Middle East: when peace is in your hopes but not on your calendar
November 28, 2015
What we in the West see as ancient history is contemporary day-to-day reality in the Middle East. “Today in history” matters today. On November 29, 1947, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly voted in favor of Resolution 181, the plan for the partition of Palestine. That UN resolution ended the British Mandate adopted by […]
Why is Black Friday black and Good Friday good
November 27, 2015
The question from the back seat was a good one: “Why is Friday called black?” and then the follow up, “and also, why is Black Friday black and Good Friday good?” I flipped through my mental rolodex to see if the question had been covered in Alex McFarland’s “The 21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will […]