(Too) Direct Answers

March 25, 2018
Finally—finally Jesus gives a straight answer.  Finally!  Finally it has happened, that when someone asks Jesus a question, he actually answers it!  That when he is asked a direct question,…

Why are you afraid?

February 25, 2018
Eons ago, or so it seems to me, I worked for a summer as a chaplain in Methodist Hospital in downtown Des Moines.  I think I was 23 at the…

What are you looking for?

February 18, 2018
Have you ever stood in front of your fridge, the door wide open, just staring at the contents inside?  You’re hungry, but you don’t know what you want to eat. …

The Gift of Being Wrong

February 11, 2018
Once, when I was living in Boston, I bought a plane ticket to Cleveland to attend a conference.  I printed off a copy of my ticket information and kept it…

Out of the Way

February 4, 2018
There are some names worth committing to memory.  And for my part, I’d like to remember the name of a judge from Michigan, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina.  Judge Aquilina is currently…

Huh?

January 28, 2018
For some reason, this is one of my mom’s favorite stories about me as a kid.  I was six or seven, and I had just finished reading a book about…

Whiplash

January 21, 2018
At the first church I served—in Somerville, Massachusetts—the pastor I worked with decided, out of the blue, to declare a moratorium on all church meetings for one whole summer.  When…