Please, stop forwarding me!

I got another one of “those” forwards this morning. I keep telling people that I neither agree with, nor appreciate, them. What are “those” forwards? They usually take three forms: Fear-mongering racism Idolatrous confusion of the USA with Christianity. All of the above. The one I got this morning was particularly painful to read, and…

A Prayer of Thankfulness

I’ve been taking a break from my sociological reading in order to be nourished by a biography of John Newton. I say “nourished” because the more I read his story, the more I come to love this man of common dress and language – and yet a man whose heart was so transformed by Christ…

Language colors reality…

Today I was pondering a moment when a well-meaning member of Central proudly said to a group of visitor’s last summer, “I hired him!”  The language fascinates me because this is, in fact, the way that a good number of folks look at their pastors – they were “hired” and therefor are “employees.”  This particular…

We don’t do that any more

When you’ve been part of system where the default stance is to be in hostile conflict for a lengthy period of time, it tends to be bad for your soul.  This is because the system sucks in you energy, hopes, and passion and gives back only bitterness, burnout, and anger.  This is not a good…

Number 17

I was feeling introspective the other day and felt I needed to obtain a piece of information that’s always been available to me (in fact, I pass the answer in the form of a plaque every time I go up to my office)  – but one which I never took the time to learn.  I…

Wii Fit, much fun…

For mother’s day, my wife wanted me to order a Wii Fit. It didn’t like having to make my wife wait a bit for the bulk of her mother’s day present – but she was generously patient and we picked up our pre-ordered Wii Fit on Wednesday this week. All I can say is, “This…