Last Conversation

Central Baptist has been blessed to have one of the most lovely people I’ve ever met in our fellowship. Peg Horton is sweet, joyous, and deep. She’ll regularly ask me Biblical Studies questions that make me do research, and giggle like a little kid on Christmas when she sees something funny.

Painfully Hopeful

When I started this blog nine years ago I pondered the name I wanted to give it. I recalled the John Cleese movie, clockwise, which my pastor told me about while I was in college. In it Cleese protrayed a school administrator who was a time management expert, and was invited to teach others his…

Finding Quiet In the Midst of Grief And Trauma

The other day one of my Facebook friends posted an interesting article on the impact social media has had on grieving. The gist of the article is about allowing families to disseminate news of their grief in their own terms, which is a good lesson to teach, but it was a sub-sub-sub-point which drew my…

Beautiful Thing

It’s been a cruddy week. Everything I’ve tried to accomplish has been blocked by an error, glitch, or other problem. At last count I’d spent around 12 hours on the phone with various instances of technical support. As such, every productive thing I wanted to accomplish had to wait. I also had something to do…

Colors of Fall

On Friday I presided over the funeral, and was asked to photograph some of the floral arrangements by the family. Unfortunately, the full display had been taken to the gravesite by the time I had access to my camera. But a single piece, a bamboo cross, was left behind at the request of the woman’s…

Sometimes

I’ve written in the past about the strange world pastors inhabit. We come into spaces where people are at emotional extremes, from deepest grief to highest celebration, and we wonder if anything we do has any impact at all. We tell the story of Jesus, we try to share his love, and we long for…