Old Habits Die Hard

I heard a preacher give a sermon on death one time called “Death’s vehicle.” He waxed eloquent as he informed the congregation: “Everybody’s death has a vehicle that takes them from this life over the bridge to the next. For some it’s cancer. For others it’s an accident. Or a heart attack. Or violence. Or [Read More…]

See You at The Pool: Final Installment

“And seeing that he had been lying there a long time, Jesus asked him, ‘Do you want to be made well?’” (John 5: 6) Note that Jesus is not asking  “Do you want to be cured?”  Although of course we do! We all want to be cured of all ailments, all problems, and all negative [Read More…]

See You at the Pool Part 2

Knowing that he had been lying there a long time, Jesus asked him “Do you want to be made well?” (John 5:6) What was the man’s malady? Apparently some sort of paralysis that left him unable to move his legs or at least able to move them only with great difficulty. The man doesn’t point [Read More…]

See You at the Pool: Part One

This fall semester I’ve been teaching a course with my colleague Dr. Mark Stamm, Professor of Worship at Perkins School of Theology on preaching and worship in life’s transitions. We’ve talked about major transitions like weddings and funerals. Our latest unit is on times in life when people are stuck and need the healing touch [Read More…]

October’s Promise

October’s Promise When I was younger, say in my teens and early twenties, May was my favorite month. I grew up in Pennsylvania and springtime was green shoots and chirpy birds and people who were naturally more cheerful because they didn’t have to shovel snow anymore. I liked October, but mainly for the candy corn [Read More…]

The Undead: Vampires, Zombies and Christians?

On September 30 I posted a brief comment on how much I love October on my face book page. “Tomorrow is the first day of this Pennsylvania native’s all time favorite month. I speak of course of October, in case you have not been keeping track of the passage of time lately. October 3 is [Read More…]

You are not to be trusted!

  “There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way to death.” (Proverbs 14:12) Does this proverb have any traction in your life? Or does it just seem like a negative generalization? It helps to remember that proverbs are not one size fits all truths. They are ethical [Read More…]


I heard on the news yesterday about a man in Irving, Texas killed on his way to work. They found him several feet off the road, bruised and battered from having been thrown some distance. His injuries indicated that he had been hit from behind by a pickup. The driver didn’t stop. That story stuck [Read More…]

Never Too Late – Making the Right Connections

I sat looking out the window of the train traveling from Wittenberg to Naumburg last week. I knew I had only 5 minutes to make a connection to a second train to Frankfurt once we arrived in Naumburg and we were already late. Just as I began to feel anxious, the comforting voice of the [Read More…]

Screenwriters Heaven! Learning How to Tell the Story

I spent the weekend at a screenwriter’s workshop at the Taos Summer Writers Conference in Taos, New Mexico. I am not a screenwriter. And I don’t think I plan to be one, at least not in the near future. I wanted to take the workshop because I’m planning a course next spring on Preaching as [Read More…]