Before You Walk Away From Church For Good


Pew Research says the Church in America is dying.1 Barna, in an earlier research project, says kids (and what demographic adds more life to the church?) are leaving the church in droves, starting at age 15.2 Lifeway Research says they’re not leaving for good, but they’re definitely on hiatus.3 Rachel Held Evans’ best-seller, Searching For […]

Pilgrimage In Pictures


This weekend I poked the ‘Sleeping Giant’ – or so the First Americans named the highest point in Alabama. They also reverently dubbed it “Chaha” (‘high place’) for obvious reasons. Few made their home way up on Cheaha because it lacked water sources and other convenient amenities, but – and this stretches even to these […]

The Question Jesus Might Ask Us Two


Closing out this post has proven an exercise in endurance. I started this thought-flow back in January and almost crossed the finish line a couple weeks ago, but pulled up with a mental charley horse a hundred yards from the tape, but some down time and a few well-engineered distractions has sufficiently rested me for […]

That Thing Jesus Might Ask Us Too


On the way to my favorite writing niche, I passed the hour-plus drive with a downloaded episode of NPR’s This American Life podcast (I know, I’m a snob). The story featured a Samoan family who, because Dad got a call from God, moved from their Polynesian paradise to the frozen tundra of Whittier, Alaska for […]

“Our Father”: A Cry For Justice


Matthew 6:9-13 “[Jesus told them] Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into […]

Thorns & Grace

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Today I bemoan yet another day my recent path of affliction has ruined. And on Sunday, no less. Well, pooh. This being called to a life of suffering for over thirty years, while never running lean on grace, has its moments with frustration. So thankful that, on this ‘day of perpetual reminding’ – the reminding of […]

How To Hear God: A Conversation With John Brown, Pt 3

John Brown

*     *     *     * John Brown is my friend. He is also my brother and mentor, but, because mentor misses a certain organic nuance, I prefer to name him as a spiritual father the Lord has given to me. For the past fifteen years, John has willingly and graciously […]