Some writing tips
Every once in a while, someone will ask how they can get started as a writer. It always reminds me of the title of Jeff Goins’s book I read several years ago—You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One). Before you have 100 followers on your blog, before you […]

A handful of encouraging writing tips

Basketball fans. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
So then let’s also run the race that is laid out in front of us, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us. Let’s throw off any extra baggage, get rid of the sin that trips us up, and fix our eyes on Jesus, faith’s pioneer and […]

A face in the cloud: An All Saints’ meditation

I’m weary. Not just tired. Weary. Soul weary. I feel like I’m barely hanging on. The brokenness of our world seems on full display recently. Natural and human-generated disasters, division and strife, anguish and suffering. Pain is on every screen. What’s going on? We long for answers. We pray. We […]

Hanging on to hope and strength in tragedy

I feel like I have spent a lot of time in recent months cursing the darkness. My Twitter and Facebook feeds are filled with vitriol, and occasionally, I find myself drawn into that type of thinking. I want to scream (post in ALL CAPS) about all the things, ideas, and […]

Lighting a candle in the darkness

Bible and glasses
“Many are called, but few are chosen.” You probably hear this phrase frequently, but do you know it’s from the Bible? It’s the King James Version of a line at the end of a parable Jesus tells in Matthew 22:1-14. We commonly use this phrase to signify that only the […]

Many called… few chosen: A place at the table

Under the hashtag #NextMethodism, United Methodist pastors, theologians, and bloggers are putting forth visions of what the next iteration of Methodism will look like. While there is much disagreement among them, all participants seem to agree on an underlying assumption—current United Methodism is dying or already dead. I refuse to […]

What’s your story? # CurrentUnitedMethodism

Dolphin watching family photo.
On Independence Day morning, my family and I took a dolphin-sighting cruise in Pensacola, Florida. We’d driven down for a couple of days in the blistering heat and energy-melting humidity. I guess I needed to be reminded why people winter in Florida rather than summer there. I also needed the […]

Life lessons from dolphins

"Downward Dog" promotional picture.
Sometimes I need to be reminded that God loves me, just as I am. That he’s not waiting for me to do something spectacular to deserve his love, but rather that right here, right now, with all my flaws and shortcomings, God loves me. I got that reminder this week […]

God’s love and ‘Downward Dog’

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season 3 1
“I guess real religion is about knowing we’re not perfect, but trying to be better… together!” Kimmy Schmidt The above definition of church might not pass muster in a seminary class, but it’s not bad, especially coming from one of my favorite Netflix comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  In episode 9 […]

Church defined by Kimmy Schmidt