Kerrville, Texas Makes It Into the New York Times!

Yesterday morning as I perused the New York Times, I was pleasantly surprised to find an article touting the benefits of Kerrville, Texas: “A Hill Country Town that Whispers, Not Shouts.” A midsize town of some 22,000 residents, Kerrville in the location of my workplace. Foundations for Laity Renewal, the parent organization of Laity Lodge, [Read More…]

Ephesus in the New Testament

Part 5 of series: Ancient Ephesus and the New Testament Ephesus in the New Testament Early Christianity was significantly an urban movement. This might sound surprising if you’re used to thinking of Christians continuing the mode of Jesus, whose ministry happened largely (but not only) in rural Galilee. Yet, when we pay close attention to [Read More…]

Drinking Tears by the Bucketful: Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling

Drinking Tears by the Bucketful Psalm 80:1-19 You have fed us with sorrow and made us drink tears by the bucketful. Psalm 80:5 Scripture regularly associates God with joy, exuberant joy. The Psalms calls us to sing with joy to the Lord (for example, Ps 67:4). The Apostle Paul urges us to be “full of [Read More…]

I Never Knew How Stylish I Was Wearing My New Backpack!

A couple of weeks ago, I did something I hadn’t done for a long, long time. I bought a new backpack for “everyday” use. It was not for camping or hiking. Rather, it was to help me cart around my stuff, especially but not only when I’m traveling. As I have used this rather ordinary, [Read More…]