Think Differently…Think Deeply

We need to learn to think around corners. We need to be diligent to avoid what is commonly referred to as the "sucker's choice." The problems we face are seldom "this or that." We aren't hemmed in that tightly, nor are the problems we face that neatly packaged. We need to learn to look at …

A Prayer for Gratitude

At some point during my first seminary degree, I wrote this prayer. I came across it while looking for some other files last month and thought it would be an appropriate post for Thanksgiving. It was originally written as an individual prayer, but re-reading it after a few more years of education and life under …

NPR, Faith, and Privilege: Am Impromptu Conversation with My Son

I was listening to an interview on NPR while driving my 13-year old son home from rock climbing. There was a former white nationalist on the program talking about how white supremacists has rebranded themselves as "white nationalists." He talked about being involved in promoting agendas of the white nationalists by appealing to the baser …

Every Member: A Reflection on the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

At church today, we observed the international day of prayer for the persecuted church. We heard stories about Christians who are experiencing persecution because they profess faith in Christ. Whether it be North Korea, Nigeria, Pakistan or some other nation opposed to the gospel, there are Christians around the world for whom social, physical, and …

Becoming Less

I spent the last two days in Northfield, MA, feeling the weight of the spiritual heritage of New England and of Northfield in particular. After this visit to Northfield, I have a better understanding of Northfield's magnetism. It is a place from which God has blessed generations of men and women because D.L. and Emma …

No Flinching…A Theological Perspectives

In my previous post entitled "No Flinching" I suggested, "Leaders can't afford to lose curiosity and care any more than they can afford to lose control." An exaggerated, as opposed to an appropriate, orientation toward self-protection means that we see the majority of the words, deeds, and decisions of others as attacks. This exaggerated orientation …