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In Response to “The Middle Way is the Wrong Way”

I would like to share a few words in response to J.D. Walt’s “8 More Reasons the Middle Way is the Wrong Way.” I often offer my congregation to meet a dichotomy with quick suspicion.  There is never only two options when walking with Christ.  Walt references Matthew 7 where Jesus says: Watch out for… Read more »

Go Set a Watch, Man

On the heels of finishing The Faith of a Mockingbird (hitting the shelves of your favorite bookstore soon!), reading Go Set A Watchman has me asking, “Who is the real Atticus Finch?” Harper Lee’s latest (and second or is it really the first?) novel is due out in stores this week, and the reviews are… Read more »

A Good Father

What does it mean to be a good father? What does it mean to be a bad father? Let me first offer some assumptions about fatherhood so that I neither lead you astray nor steal away your time. It is challenging to be a good father without first being a good husband. Even though I… Read more »

What 'I Love You' Sounds Like

“And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them” (Acts 2:2-3). It is difficult to describe the indescribable. It’s as if the Gospel… Read more »

Understanding Privilege

Talking about white privilege is a heated and difficult subject for some. You can almost see blood pressure raise and lips purse when mentioning the phrase in what was supposed to be polite Starbucks conversation. “I’ve never owned slaves,” or “I’ve worked hard for what I have,” or “Why does everything have to be about… Read more »

Understanding Privilege

While we fight the good fight for justice for all, maybe we should broaden the focus of a heated racial spotlight so that, Christ—the light of the world, might burn away both the sin in my own soul and the sin of an inherited system whose history we are quick (either through natural deafness or earplugs) to dismiss.

Jesus is Alive . . . So Now What?

As difficult as it may be to die for what you believe, it is more difficult (and more blessed) to live for what you believe.

It Is Solved by Walking

Jesus said to his disciples, “I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture” (John 10:9). Jesus is the doorway in which we find the way to God. The funny thing about doors is that they serve as endings and beginnings alike. An… Read more »