I am working on some garden projects. A hugelkultur mound (German for, “hill garden” or “hill culture”) that I am preparing for planting in the spring. See the pictures on the left and below for stages 1-5. Hugelkultur requires the digging of a trench and filling it with rotting logs, sticks and other organic matter … More Borrowing Stuff as a Ministry
The world owes a great debt to Charles Wesley as a pastor, missionary, theologian and hymn writer. But the much-love hymn, “And Can It Be”, has some very bad theology in the third stanza. He left His Father’s throne above So free, so infinite His grace— Emptied Himself of all but love, And bled for … More Did Christ “Empty Himself” of all But Love?
Preparing for Sunday Helped, along with 4,600,000 others by Fernando Ortega and an old hymn. Maybe all of us preacher types ought to remind ourselves that we need Jesus every hour. Maybe we would be more effective in reminding our congregations that they do too.
I read. A lot. I read a diverse perspective of sources, left, right, anarchist, biblical, political, cultural, artistic. I read because I want to understand, I want to grow and I want to learn. This week I ran across an intriguing quote/story in one of those sources that is often, to me, obtuse and needlessly … More Saturday Afternoon Musings: Christian Civivilization
I am rereading a classic, truly one of the best books written by the late Charles Colson. Loving God is a masterpiece of story telling. One chapter leads into the next in a seamless interweaving of different vignettes all illuminating the theme of what it means to love God and what happens when love for … More Two Different Paths
The video is from an Anglican Church in Lisburn, Ireland. It celebrates the joy of community in the life of the church to the tune of Rend Collective’s MY LIGHTHOUSE. Enjoy. Rejoice. Let the contagion spread. And here is a link to the article that discusses why this has gone viral. What do you think? … More Celebrating the Joy of Christ in the Life of the Church
Today in Ameirca, over 435,000 children are in foster care. Of those, over 110,000 are awaiting, hoping, and praying for a family to adopt them. And each year more than 20,000 kids age out of the system, depending on what state they are in, at the age of 18 or 21. Have Children, Love Children, … More National Orphan Sunday
I’m in the office working on final message prep for Sunday and thought of a passage from my 2012 book titled PICKING A PRESIDENT OR ANY OTHER ELECTED OFFICIAL. The message has NOTHING to do with politics but the following story about the Great Wall of China will make a good illustration for the second … More Can a Wall Protect an Immoral Nation?
Friday is for Heart Songs “And while the book is remarkable in its entirety — take a closer look with Kathryn Schulz’s exquisite review for New York Magazine — one of Holt’s most fascinating conversations is with someone one wouldn’t immediately peg as an expert on cosmogony: novelist John Updike, who seems to share in Isaac Asimov’s famous contention that “the most … More John Updike Observation on Science and Mystery
It is encouraging to see that some articles written years ago continue to be read and are being found helpful to people. On the other hand, only one thing I have written in 2018 cracked the top 10 for the current year! So here are some of the top posts for the first half of … More Mid Year Report on the Most Read Articles of 2018