If Jesus Did Not Rise . . .

John 20:11-18 tells Mary Magdalene who, upon discovering the empty tomb, is clearly panicked by the idea the Lord has been “taken away” (John 20:13). First she dealsl with Jesus’ death, and now the possibility someone has stolen his body, perhaps as some cheap stunt. Whatever hope she had placed in Jesus seems to be READ MORE

Feet Like That of Jesus

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) Copyright READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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. READ MORE