Boys and Guns

Boys and Guns

There’s something about boyhood and guns. Whether it’s a pointed finger or a toy pistol, boys start pretending to shoot people as soon as they pick up the concept from cartoons, video games, or other boys. It brings a feeling of power, and boys like that. The problem...
Mixed Messages

Mixed Messages

Susan and I were ready for a break recently, so we decided to take our chances with air travel and spend a few days in New Orleans. The return trip was a bit of a nightmare due to a canceled flight from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Raleigh, but a Lyft to the train...
Silence That Says Too Much

Silence That Says Too Much

Imagine tens of thousands of flag-waving white supremacists gaining government permission to march through predominantly Black areas of Harlem, Detroit, Los Angeles, or Atlanta. As they march in their matching shirts, they shout racist slogans, beat anyone who gets in...
Fly, Little Birds. Fly!

Fly, Little Birds. Fly!

I was a pastor for far too long to have a normal mind. Twenty-six years of coming up with a new sermon each week (two each week for the first seven years) shaped my brain to be constantly on the lookout for illustrations that might engage the congregation and help...