Where Do People Get Their Ideas of Church? Part 1

Da Vinci Code Cover

Part 3 of series: What is a Church? Where Do People Get Their Ideas of Church? Part 1 People today have a wide variety of ideas about what a church should be. If you ask a dozen people you’d probably get a dozen different answers. One of my favorite answers to the “What is a [Read More...]

Why Write This Series on “What is a Church?”?

Part 2 of series: What is a Church? Why Write This Series on “What is a Church?”? This is the second post in a series I’m calling: What is a Church? Biblical Basics for Christian Community. Yesterday, I explained that I’m planning to answer this question from a biblical point of view, though without denying [Read More...]

Informative Review of Three Recent Books About the Brain


The brain is getting plenty of attention these days. Based on scientific study of the brain, all sorts of people are weighing in on how the brain thinks and the implications for individuals, relationships, and culture. If you’re not a specialist, and if you don’t have time to read extensively in the “brain” literature, it’s [Read More...]

What is a Church?

Part 1 of series: What is a Church? What is a Church? Biblical Basics for Christian Community “What is a church?” Now that seems like a easy question, the sort of question one might answer in an simple sentence or two. “A church is a building in which Christians meet for worship,” is one obvious [Read More...]

An Invitation to Hang in There – Inspiration from the High Calling

An Invitation to Hang in There with God Psalm 88:1-18 O LORD, I cry out to you. I will keep on pleading day by day. Psalm 88:13 Chances are you won’t hear this psalm in church today. (If you do, let me know!) Psalm 88 is one of those —psalms and, indeed, there are —many [Read More...]

A Mystery Solved


As a man, I have always wondered why women take so long in women’s restrooms. What mystery lurks inside that captures their attention? Now I know. While in a New York subway recently, I saw inside of a women’s restroom. It’s filled with treasures and distractions. Men’s restrooms are much more spartan. At any rate, [Read More...]

Envy, Death, and Toilets

The Kohler Numi, a new way to get the ladies (or the men)

What do envy, death, and toilets have in common? They have all been featured in recent articles in the New York Times. I found each of these to be fascinating, so I’m recommending them to you. “Envy May Bear Fruit, But It Also Has an Aftertaste” John Tierney examines recent studies on envy. His main [Read More...]

My Strange History with Dr. Armand Nicholi, Jr.

Dr. Armand Nicholi, Jr.

In yesterday’s post, I commended Freud’s Last Session, a play running in New York just off Broadway. This play, as I explained, is based on the work of Harvard psychiatrist, Dr. Armand Nicholi, Jr., especially his book entitled The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of [Read More...]

If You’re Near New York City, Here’s a Show Not to Be Missed: Freud’s Last Session

No, I’m not referring to Broadway hits like Billy Elliot, The Book of Mormon, or Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Rather, I’m speaking of a just-off-Broadway masterpiece, Freud’s Last Session. This superb play ought not to be missed. Warning: There is no sex in Freud’s Last Session, though it gets ample attention in the dialogue, [Read More...]

Great Music in Washington Square, New York . . . And It’s Free

So, you’re in New York City on a warm fall day and you don’t know what to do? I’d recommend a visit to Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village. The park has been completely redone in the last few years and is delightful to the eyes. The people watching is unsurpassed. And you’ll be able [Read More...]

The “Broadway Bomb” Skateboarding “Race” in New York

Talk about things you don’t see everyday! When is the last time you saw 1,500 skateboarders racing down the middle of a busy street, weaving in and out of traffic, blasting through red lights, and celebrating as if they owned the world? If you missed the 2011 “Broadway Bomb,” here is a short video clip [Read More...]

You Don’t See These Everyday! Scenes from New York

My family and I recently spent a weekend in New York City, visiting my son, who is a student at NYU. During our trip, we saw a few unusual sights that I thought I’d share with you. You don’t see these everyday. In the center of this memorial, somebody put up a quotation in sticky [Read More...]

Where is God’s Country? What Difference Does It Make?

Where Is God’s Country? What Difference Does It Make? Psalm 86:1-17 All the nations you made will come and bow before you, Lord; they will praise your holy name. Psalm 86:9 Two weeks ago, our Sunday reflection focused on Psalm 82:8: “Rise up, O God, and judge the earth, for all the nations belong to [Read More...]

Wildlife in My Backyard

I thought you might enjoy a couple of photos from my backyard. Axis deer are plentiful in the Hill Country of Texas. Some would say they are more than plentiful. Originally from central Asia (Nepal, Sri Lanka, etc.), the Axis deer or Chital was introduced to Texas for hunting. Now they can be found everywhere. [Read More...]

Good Reads at The High Calling

Most of my readers will know that I write a daily devotional for The High Calling, a website supported by Foundations for Laity Renewal, where I work. I’m proud to be associated with this website, which, among other things, features excellent writing by a wide variety of authors. They share their wisdom on “work, life, [Read More...]

Was Steve Jobs the World’s Greatest Philanthropist?

Dan Pallotta, an expert in nonprofit sector innovation, says YES. And he says this in spite of the fact that Steve Jobs did not give away lots of his money. Here’s the core of Pallotta’s argument: What a loss to humanity it would have been if Jobs had dedicated the last 25 years of his [Read More...]