A Pentecost Sunday Story

May 22, 2018 3:44 pm

My good friend Cara Dublin has written a great little reflection on her experience of celebrating Pentecost Sunday last week at her church, Redeemer Presbyterian in Austin, Texas. I asked her if I could pass it along and she graciously agreed. Here it is! A Pentecost Story Today was Pentecost Sunday- stormy and threatening rain. During the first service, distant thunder had been rumbling. When we got to the central reading for the day, Acts 2, and the elder reading at the lectern came to the verse “And they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in... Read this post

Oscar Picks

February 27, 2018 10:34 pm

“And the winner is…” I love those words! It’s Oscar time once again. This Sunday night I’ll be tuned in and switched on to the Oscars, the awards show that drives some people batty but which cannot be ignored in terms of artistic talent, the national mood, and cultural commentary. As for me, I just love film, and while I’m a supporter of  Indies and so look on the big studio work with a certain measure of mocking envy, I’m also aware of how impressive the work of these artists can be. I will cheer – or groan along with everyone else. While 2017... Read this post

A Prayer of Lament in the Aftermath of Another School Massacre

February 15, 2018 5:19 pm

Gracious Father, Bloodshed in our classrooms is is erupting again. I confess that I am angry about this. I am overwhelmed with grief, and I am also afraid at times. I fear for my own child in a school, for the people attending worship services, for all of us just doing what we do in the course of life but always under the dark shadow of gun violence. I long for the day when no more tears will have to be shed and funerals held for children slain in a school. I long for the day when the horrifying images... Read this post

Faith, Work, and Violence: Why “Sending Thoughts and Prayers” Isn’t Enough

February 15, 2018 1:25 pm

Let’s suppose there’s a terrible earthquake that strikes a major city, killing hundreds and leaving thousands more homeless, with hunger, thirst, and disease becoming a real threat because of damage to infrastructure. Should we send ‘thoughts and prayers’? Of course, we should. We must pray. Then we get busy as we continue to pray. We send teams of emergency workers to help dig through the rubble, medical personnel to assist with the injured, food and water to sustain those in need, set up shelters for those without any, give blood and money, sweat and tears, and work to create laws... Read this post

The FBI File on Dr MLK Jr

February 10, 2018 11:13 pm

Just after his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, the FBI noted this about Dr Martin Luther King Jr. In the light of King’s powerful demagogic speech yesterday he stands heads and shoulders over all other Negro leaders put together when it comes to influencing great masses of Negros. We must mark him now, if we have not done so before, as the most dangerous Negro of the future in this nation from the standpoint of communism, the Negro, and national security.

Unsung Heroes of Your Church

January 18, 2018 4:49 pm

There are some really important but too often forgotten ministries in the Church. I have sweet memories of people, many of whose names I don’t recall or never knew, who brought me Jesus in countless, beautiful ways. Their ministries are often unseen but make an incredible difference. Every church has these beautiful people – maybe you’re one of them! Take the gentleman who sat in the row ahead of our family when I was a little boy. He would turn around during the service and ‘sneak’ me a mint or small candy. He did this, I’m sure, not only because... Read this post

He Told Her: Clarity on the Abuse of Women and the Young by Men in Positions of Power

January 11, 2018 12:02 am

Please note: since the publication of this article, the Memphis church has placed Andy Savage on leave to work on all of the issues involved for himself, to allow the church to conduct a full audit of its procedures and policies, and to make certain that all they do in response to this sadness is marked by wisdom and love for all. In particular, the standing ovation has been noted as a regrettable action. I support this church’s efforts to enter into a season of audit and change, as well as its efforts to act with redemptive mercy and justice... Read this post

Virgin Birth? Unbelievable.

December 20, 2017 4:28 pm

You’re in good company if you struggle to believe in the Virgin birth of Jesus Christ. At first, Joseph, the betrothed of Mary, didn’t believe it either. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph,... Read this post

Drawing CS Lewis

December 1, 2017 3:20 pm

Here are three shots that show the sketching process  

On Luther: Celebrating 500 Years of Freedom

October 26, 2017 2:38 pm

Every week I preach justification by faith to my people because every week they forget it. – Martin Luther Whether or not Luther actually nailed his 95 Theses to the Church Door at Wittenberg is a disputable matter. It’s certainly good theater even if it didn’t actually occur. I do know he sent them by post to his archbishop, along with a cover letter and an essay on indulgences, all dated October 31, 1517. That’s why the date is commonly held to be the start of the Reformations. I’m using the plural form intentionally for the simple reason that it... Read this post