Guns and Violence

March 2020 was the second highest month for gun sales, ever ( started this post in April). That is until June and July came around. Starting in 2008, gun sales have been on a steady upward trajectory. Before this latest trending upward of sales the highest month for gun sales was the month following the […]

21 Elevator Values

Better to be patient than a warrior, and better to have self-control than to capture a city.

What is the Church?

I miss going to church on Sunday. Our church has decided to not meet during COVID-19. We are taking what we consider to be the safe, love your neighbor approach. Other churches have chosen  a middle ground approach: modified meetings in public. Others have chosen to simply meet.  Surrounding the challenges and variations  of Sunday […]

Over, and Next

Sabbath thoughts inspired by Norman Lear as he was briefly interviewed on Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. Two simple words: over and Next

The Thief in Your Mind

“You’d never invite a thief into your house, so why would you allow thoughts that steal your joy to make themselves at home in your mind.” It all starts in your mind. When we wake up in the morning, something goes through our head. It is the definition of consciousness. We have an awareness of […]

The Warmth of Other Suns

The Warmth of Other Suns is the story about what is known as United States’s Great Migration. Between the years 1915 and 1970 almost 6 million blacks took the great risk to move from the south to the northern and western US. This marvelous (?) book tracks the journeys of three individuals to Los Angeles, […]

Confessions about Money

My wife and I had a conversation about money this morning. Not about if we had enough (we don’t), or how we manage it (we could be better), rather about how we think about it. We resolved to do some things differently, specifically with regard to how we think about “money” in general. I will […]

Thoughts on 4th of July Church Services

It has been a rough road for the reputation of Christianity. This weekend that reputation was on display. Churches all over the country, in defiance of common sense and the clear and important restrictions given to us by health officials and government entities, met openly in crowded indoor spaces, singing and otherwise ignoring universal guidelines […]

Eucharist Alone

Today was both the beginning of Holy Week and for many Christians around the globe, a day to celebrate the Lord’s Supper/Eucharist. We did it alone. I used to bristle a little at weddings, when in the context of the body of Christ, we offered communion to the wedding party only – the congregation didn’t […]