Connections 12.31.2023: Not “The End”

The post-Christmas letdown can be a relief or a disappointment—or both.

Connections 01.29.2023: Wisdom for the Here and Now

The city’s residents and visitors included educated Greek philosophers and faithful Jewish scholars alongside many other religious groups and ethnic traditions.

We Need the Hope of Christmas Now

Simply and directly, our world is not what it should be. And the Advent and Christmas season offer the expectancy of what should be.

Now I Know How John the Baptist Felt

My curiosity grew as Friday approached, then arrived. “Hello, Harold,” I greeted my octogenarian guest. C’mon in. Please have a seat.”

Formations 11.08.2020: What Now?

One of my ministry colleagues was once doing a research project on worship practices in American Baptist Churches in Indiana. He loved to tell the story of a particular service he attended with his grown children and his young granddaughter.

Connections 03.25.2018: Now We Know

My dear friend Rickie is sixty-seven years old. Neglectful parents meant that he spent much of his childhood in an orphanage. He has told us stories of his time there, of days longing for a normal home life, of being one among many children and there wasn’t enough time or attention to go around.

Cookies for Communion

The best gift I have ever been given was a half-eaten, double stuffed Oreo cookie with all the double stuffing licked out. The giver was a four-year-old Guatemalan girl named Marisa.

Wake Up to Now

It’s my first winter in Michigan. This is the longest I’ve gone without seeing the grass in my front yard, the furthest I’ve driven on white roads, and the most consecutive days I’ve had to wear a down coat.