By the Way | Weeping in Church During Roll Call

By the Way | Weeping in Church During Roll Call

I wept in church recently. Didn’t see it coming, but during the refrain of “When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder” there it was. No one sings the old gospel songs like that anymore. Evangelicals perform what they call “praise music,” a kind of dreamy meditation that makes...
Hope From Above: A Reflection on Enoch and Jude

Hope From Above: A Reflection on Enoch and Jude

Strange. That’s how biblical scholar Marcus Borg characterized the letter of Jude. In Evolution of the Word, he wrote, “Jude is perhaps the strangest document in the New Testament. It is one of the shortest, about a page long, and is the most enigmatic.” One of the...
The Words Unsaid

The Words Unsaid

The day after the 2016 election I attended a prayer meeting via phone conference call. We gathered for the purpose of naming both our grief and some semblance of hope that we could see in the uncertainty of the next four years. Each pastor on the call took turns...
Why Does Grief Last So Long?

Why Does Grief Last So Long?

I deleted my mom’s contact information from my phone recently. Two Christmases, and a year and a half without her in my life, and a small but important action which needed to be taken was taken. Grief is difficult for most folks and there are good reasons why...
Some Hope for Those Wearied by Headlines

Some Hope for Those Wearied by Headlines

It’s easy to get weary looking at the international headlines. Authoritarianism is on the rise in Russia and China. The former seems ready to invade Ukraine, and the latter has roughly one million of its citizens in concentration camps. Myanmar (Burma) is in the midst...