O God of Earth and Altar #VeteransDay #2016Election

I’ve been working on a post* about my complicated post-election feelings and how they relate to vocation and war and capitalism, but it’s not taken shape yet. In the meantime, here’s a complicated poem by G. K. Chesterton about vocation and war and capitalism.  Also, here’s a link to another GKC poem and a prayer [Read More…]

The Inner and the Outer Voices of Love: Henri Nouwen and His Friends

This post is part of a Patheos Book Club on the book Love, Henri: Letters on the Spiritual Life by Henri Nouwen. Many years ago, at a difficult time in my life, a friend pressed a little green book into my hand: Henri Nouwen’s The Inner Voice of Love.  It was a journal he wrote at a difficult [Read More…]

The date that changed John Wesley, and a lot more people too: Happy #Aldersgate !

I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death [Read more…]

What If the Devil Isn’t in the Details?

What if if is not the devil but God who is in the details? [Read more…]

Why a Lutheran pastor offers “free prayer” in a coffeeshop

A pastor’s first job is to “take care of our people,” writes a Lutheran pastor. Sometimes, he has learned, “our people” are those we have never met. [Read more…]

Jesus Still Weeps

By Mike Coyner As a child in Sunday School asked to memorize and recite Bible verses, I often quoted “Jesus wept” because it is the shortest verse in the Bible. The occasion of that verse was Jesus’ grief over the death of his friend, Lazarus, and his empathy for the grief of Mary and Martha, [Read More…]