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...
Things Are Different Now

Things Are Different Now

Graduation night for Campbell University Divinity School carried an extra frisson of excitement this year: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was our first in-person graduation since 2019. All faculty members play some role in the ceremony, and this year it was my turn...
The Cowbird Dilemma

The Cowbird Dilemma

We left the garage door open for the better part of a day – as one does. Normally that results in a few leaves being blown into the garage, but little more. On that day, the open door left adequate time for a Carolina Wren to build a nest in a box of stuff I use when...
The Land Grab That Wasn’t

The Land Grab That Wasn’t

In life, context is everything. Context will determine whether two historical situations which may seem parallel to each other actually share any similarity. Or, if the situations that looked similar at first – perhaps because we were guided to that notion by a voice...