I just finished a long time writing project (The Ultimate Book of Names) and I am beginning the ground work on a long term dream, the writing of a historical novel based on an anonymous woman in Gospel of Luke. (I think she might not be anonymous after all!). Part of my research for the … More New Projects are Afoot
Read Psalm 28 A Prayer for Help, and Praise for Its Answer. The terms, metaphors and names of God in the 28th Psalm: LORD (vs. 1, 5, 6), YHWH My Rock (vs. 1), the LORD is my strength (vs. 7), the LORD is their strength (vs. 8) (or “… His people’s strength”) … More The Strength of the Weak
Finally! The new book, in process for 40 years, now cataloged, revised, refined, and expanded; every reference checked and rechecked and rechecked again over the last two years of covid; literally thousands of hours of work invested—it’s DONE! I have great hopes that this book will be a powerful stimulus to faith and holiness among … More The New Book Has Been Published!
I heard a horror story yesterday. A large mega-church “hired” ten interns. One day before they were to finish their internships, they were all fired and none were given good recommendations. None. I said, “hired” in quotes because they were paid “slave wages” and worked long hours. At another church, apparently a mega-church with a … More A Pastoral Horror Story
A couple of Mondays ago, I had the privilege of having a series of conversations with two pastors during a four and half hour walk around a golf course. We were all participating in a Young Life fund-raising event which doubled as a men’s ministry outing for a number of churches in the Columbia, SC … More Church Failure: Most Churches Don’t Understand Discipleship
To paraphrase C.S. Lewis: “The world is asleep in an evil enchantment.” Ideas on Being a Good Neighbor So how do we wake up our neighbors who are asleep “under an evil enchantment?” Pray, pray, pray. But what do you do after or, better, as you continue to pray. Short answer: Engage your neighbors in … More “The World is Asleep in An Evil Enchantment.”
This post was started about a month ago when I woke up with some random thoughts on communication and couldn’t go back to sleep. So I got up wrote them down. Read my Bible, read a chapter in a book and went back to bed around 4:30 AM. I found it in my unfinished files … More Waking up at 4:30 in the morning with thoughts about communication. Completely random.
(Part of the “Poetry Project”) The poet’s of Israel knew that the heart of Israel was forgetful. It has ever been so. The people of God have leaky souls. Pre and post resurrection, the Church, the Israel of God, since the ascension have suffered from the same malady. It is one of the reason that … More Training the Heart to Remember
As I prayed through Psalm 60, I was struck by how relevant David’s Psalm of lament was for our lamentable time. There is more we can do then pray but prayer is always the place to start. The moral breakdown of the nation is everywhere evident and almost nationally ignored as the nation’s violent underbelly … More When the Violent Stalk the Land