Christmas is for you

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, the Christmas season has begun. Many of us spend Thanksgiving weekend watching football and getting ready for Christmas. We do some shopping, work on our plans for our celebration, and decorate our homes. Our family decorating included setting up our nativity set. I have written here and elsewhere about my fascination with nativity […]

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Marcus Lemonis is The Profit. Image from CNBC.

Leadership lessons I’ve learned from The Profit

Here is a piece of unsolicited advice for my associate pastor colleagues. Watch The Profit. Yes, it’s hard to find. It’s on CNBC — a channel those of us with limited disposable income rarely visit. But you have a DVR, on demand, and streaming accounts. You can find it. From […]

Podcast: Life lessons from a 95-year-old

New Get Your Spirit in Shape podcast episode posted today! Number 10! Had a wonderful conversation with Shirley Bachelder. She shares all kinds of great lessons about life, love, friends, and more! Learn more about my podcast here.



Pretty much the same in any language

Despite taking Spanish in high school and Greek in seminary, I only speak English. One day this summer, however, I’m pretty sure I understood Italian, because I know youth. One afternoon during the two weeks I had the privilege of attending the Wesley Pilgrimage in England (I wrote several blogs about it), I was on my […]

Clergy need a Goldwater rule

This week I learned about the Goldwater Rule from John Dickerson’s chatter on Slate’s Political Gabfest podcast, one of my favorites. Dickerson shared that in the 1964 election, a magazine called Fact published an issue with this provocative title on the cover, “1,189 Psychiatrists Say Goldwater is Psychologically Unfit to be […]

A 1964 issue of Fact magazine led to an APA ethical standard known as the Goldwater rule.

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The aroma of love

“The house was filled with the aroma of the perfume.” (John 12:3) Devotion on John 12:1-11 I wrote this for Providence United Methodist Church for the Monday of Holy Week.  They say our sense of smell is deeply connected to memory and emotion. I guess that’s how we can say […]

Fleeting beauty: A lesson from a saxophone

The other night a saxophone solo from one of my playlists broke through the din of noise and routine of driving on a darkened road. I know I have listened to this song dozens of times before, but I had never really heard this solo. It was hauntingly beautiful. It was perfect. Those […]


Some answers from the New Orleans wall.

Before I die, I want to… : A meditation for Ash Wednesday

I shared this meditation during Ash Wednesday worship at United Methodist Communications today.  One day, not far from her home in New Orleans, artist Candy Chang noticed a large abandoned building. “I thought about how I could make this a nicer space for my neighborhood,” she said during her TED […]

Keep Pounding: More than football game motivation

Keep pounding. The Carolina Panthers, playing in the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos, adopted this motto several years ago, and it is literally part of the fabric of the team. Before home games they bring out a large, bass drum decorated in team colors and have a fan or team […]