Cloud Life

Cloud Life

Spending a post-semester week near Boone, North Carolina, brought back memories of the four good years I lived there in the 1980s. I served as pastor to the good people of Oak Grove Baptist Church and did a little adjunct teaching at Appalachian State University while...
Where, and What, Is Heaven?

Where, and What, Is Heaven?

Prophets and poets have created an ethereal, imaginary place of pearly gates, gold-paved streets and harp-playing angels as a final resting place for our heavy burden souls. Missing from their conjured imaginary of heaven is that this serene and tranquil place where...
The Highway of Advent

The Highway of Advent

The massive road-building project that is the interstate highway system divided communities across the nation. In The 1619 Project, Kevin M. Kruse notes that the highways “steered along routes that ran right through the neighborhoods of racial minorities.” He tells us...
‘Cosiendo’ as an Act of Love and Justice

‘Cosiendo’ as an Act of Love and Justice

Chukka chukka chukka. The sound of Abuela’s olive green sewing machine — the small needle punching through fabric — was a lullaby for me growing up. She’d maneuver the fabric like a prayer — with and without a machine in front of her. I’d often spend hours with my...