Surviving email …

Does email in your inbox multiply like rabbits? Do you ever sit down to work on a project, but find yourself, two hours later, still dealing with email?  Email wouldn’t be such a plague if were not also such a blessing. Provided one has Internet access, email is...

Propaganda? Really?

While Russian president Vladimir Putin celebrates his success in taking Crimea away from Ukraine and using his bully pulpit to excoriate the West, Franklin Graham is endorsing Putin’s campaign against homosexuals.  Graham, who now leads the Billy Graham...

Roots and vines

The vines have covered my roots. In a way. In Philadelphia for meetings of the Baptist World Alliance and North American Baptist Fellowship last week, I finally had an opportunity to go in search of my first American ancestor’s headstone. In November of 1682, at...

Chilly in Philly

The largest shopping mall in the U.S. — measured by retail space — is in a Philadelphia suburb with only 20,000 permanent residents. Go figure. Early settlers in Pennsylvania had a sense of humor about place names: the place is called “King of...

This thing called church …

Sometimes, less can be more. Recently I was given the challenge of writing a meditation that speaks to the church as a good gift of God for which we should be thankful. In 50-90 words.  That’s about three tweets’ worth. How to describe something as...

The real wonder workers …

I can’t remember the last time I went to a circus … until we recently decided to check out the latest edition of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s “Greatest Show on Earth” on its Raleigh stop.  Expand the picture and look...