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 […]


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 […]

Peter Paul Rubens [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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 […]


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 […]

Some answers from the New Orleans wall.

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 […]


A 9/11 reflection

This post originally appeared on September 11, 2011, but the sentiment remains today. I am praying today for the people of Middletown, New Jersey, a community I had the privilege of being part of from 1994 to 2005. On September 11, 2001 I was in my office at Middletown United Methodist Church […]

Middletown NJ World Trade Center Memorial Gardens