Crossroads: Music

The election is this week, and for the past several months, life has felt out of control…. And in the midst of all of this name calling, mudslinging, and other awfulness, the world is at war.

Formations 11.27.2022: Tamar, Seeker of Justice

While the past few decades have brought revolutions in the treatment and perception of women—especially in industrialized nations—there is still so far to go.

Connections 11.27.2022: Counting Down

When I was growing up in the Olden Days (you know, the 1980s), my family didn’t celebrate the church season of Advent. Once Thanksgiving was over and December 1 came, we went straight into red and green overload.

Invitations to Partake

Some 25 years ago I sat with a two-person video crew and a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship missionary on the dirt floor of a simple, one-room house in a small village in the mountains of Albania.

The Potter’s Wheel is Still Turning

God told Jeremiah to go the potter’s house because, through the work of the potter, God would reveal his message to Jeremiah. The prophet watched as the potter worked at the wheel, purposefully shaping the clay with a beautiful and useful end in mind. But, as the potter worked, something went wrong.

Crossroads: Stand Strong

Sometimes bad things happen in our lives. A loved one dies. Someone gets really sick. You have to move and leave your friends behind. Parents sometimes divorce.

Formations 11.20.2022: Giving the Sense

When I was a pastor in Indiana, I met a woman who had been traumatized by the Bible—or more accurately, by the way the people in her life had handled the Bible.

Connections 11.20.2022: A Promise of Home

Imagine being exiled away from your homeland—from all you know, all that feels familiar, all that makes you comfortable.

Flame: Boxes Prayer Game

Children love this game and may well be familiar with it, but here’s a twist that adds prayer to the mix. Draw some dots in lines and columns on the paper (see below). I used 10 rows of 7 dots.

My Undelivered Stand-up Routine for Those Not Likely to Come Back to Church

How is everybody doing tonight? You look great. You’re less sober than the people I usually talk to.

Crossroads: Remembering the Saints

On All Saints’ Day, we remember the important people in our faith. We remember people like Abraham and Moses. We remember David. We remember Peter and the disciples. We remember Paul.

Formations 11.13.2022: Back in Business

A month after Hurricane Ian ravaged southwestern Florida, communities are getting back in business. Tamara Pigott of the Fort Myers News-Press reports that “an amazing rebound” is taking place.