Talk with the Preacher

It occurs to me that each of us has an opportunity, at every moment and in every interaction with another, to choose behavior that reflects grace and selfless love, to live...

Yesterday my phone rang and my brother’s name showed up on the screen. My brother died last year, but I can’t bear to delete his phone number from my list of contacts....

Last week I spent a few days teaching a class called The Vulnerable Leader, with doctor of ministry students at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Shawnee, Kansas. This was the second year...

I had the great pleasure of spending a few days last week at the New Baptist Covenant meeting in Atlanta. We gathered to talk about congregations making covenants with each other,...

This post was written in January, 2006.  The second grader referenced below is now an eleventh grader.  But I still think his art is cute.  Just for a little contextual reference I’d...

Just the other day I was remembering 11 years of Christmas Eve services at my former congregation. I recall the first year I was there, trying desperately to come up with...

I’m wondering this week if we’re having enough difficult conversations. Horrible images on the news, protests in the streets, a growing awareness — if we didn’t know it before — that...

Last Sunday we began a three week series of conversations about race and reconciliation called: Advent of Hope.  Together we talked about our feelings of lament, learned about the Psalms of...

If your family is anything like mine, you probably recently engaged in the annual Thanksgiving tradition of sharing some things for which we are each thankful. It can be a tradition...

Some beautiful photos from yesterday’s Homecoming Sunday at The Riverside Church.  What a warm welcome this congregation extended to me!