Feet Like That of Jesus: A Poem for the New Year

Father, give me feet like that of the Savior’s, That tread faithfully down the servant’s path. May they be fit for your honor and reputation, Supporting a frame that builds what only lasts. In the wake of the dust they create, May love be sown around. And may it be that many will follow, As they aim toward Heaven’s ground. (C) […]

The Shepherd’s Prayer

Folded into the midst of of the sixty-ninth psalm is a remarkably simple prayer that ought to capture the attention of every pastor, parent, coach, and shepherd. Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, O Lord GOD of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, O God of […]

Moving Beyond Election Day

A number of folk from places far and wide are asking me about the election results. There are a handful of things that readily come to my mind that I would like to pass along. These are very important, I think, particularly as we disciples move forward from here. First, regardless of which “side” we have been on politically, we […]

Three Truths as I Stare at My Ballot

My mail-in ballot for the 2016 election is resting on the desk in front of me. It has been sitting there for about four days while I have fretted and prayed and prayed and fretted over what to do. Today I find my eyes misty, with grief over our national drama pushing the tears forward. If I may be very […]

Clinton, Trump, and Things Disciples Must Do

The prophecy about and then descent into King Nebuchadnezzar’s mental chaos, as recorded in Daniel 4, provides timely insight into how disciples of Jesus Christ might approach the turbulent and uncomfortable election season in which we currently find ourselves. Consider the following: Daniel 4 reveals a king consumed with a profound measure of pride. “Is this not great Babylon, which I have […]

The Shepherd’s Prayer

Folded into the midst of of the sixty-ninth psalm is a remarkably simple prayer that captures my attention and ought to capture the attention of every pastor, leader and shepherd. Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, O Lord GOD of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, […]