2020: A Lost Year or a Year of Losses?

2020: A Lost Year or a Year of Losses?

Just past its midpoint, year 2020 has assured us already of its destructive and lasting impact. It came without an appointment and stands out unlike any other year most of us have known. What was expected to be a rough spring continues producing trauma into the...
Anchoring Your Soul During Global Pandemic

Anchoring Your Soul During Global Pandemic

The spring and summer of 2020 have presented unprecedented life challenges for me, in addition to neighbors, church members, extended family and the world at large. Everything from simple, everyday annoyances to heart-wrenching tragedy has caused people to look for...
Gullibility Often Harms Christian Credibility

Gullibility Often Harms Christian Credibility

Jesus wants his followers to believe. But not everything. If discernment is lacking, even when faith is strong, the result is advancement of bad news rather than the good news we have been charged to share. It doesn’t matter how firm one’s faith might be if its public...
After COVID-19, We’ll Need Churches Who Heal

After COVID-19, We’ll Need Churches Who Heal

“Pastor, this has been overwhelming for my family.” “I feel like I’m stuck in grief because we did not get to mourn with our friends and family.” “I miss singing with my friends at church.” “I have not seen anybody in four months except the nurses who come to check on...
U.S. Rep. John Lewis: A Leader Who Served

U.S. Rep. John Lewis: A Leader Who Served

What were you doing when you were 23 years old? I ask this question every time I give a public presentation about my experiences serving as a police officer in St. Louis. People usually respond they were just graduating from college, just entering the workforce or...