God’s Reckless Love

  It was just a game, but I was almost in tears.  My teen child and I were playing a strategy board game, and it was not going well for me at all.  There was my usual grumbling about “bad luck” as my loss loomed near.  Moments from destruction, an impossible piece of good luck …

That Odd Reason Why We Don’t Spend Time with God

  Forty years ago, this month, I had a delicious meal of beef sirloin with champignon sauce, green beans amandine, a baked potato and chocolate cream pie. It was the menu for our Junior Senior Banquet, a fact I discovered searching random high school stuff.  It got me thinking about food.  I estimate I’ve eaten …

Everybody Wants to Rule the World

  I was born in 1961 to a wonderful young couple, who then complicated my world by giving birth to two more boys, David and Bruce, in 1962 and 1964.  Three sisters would come later, but it was my brothers who first posed a threat to my rule of the household, and I a similar …

Nomad

(A Poem Dedicated to a Friend)   The sidewalk slaps ‘neath fraying sneaks As spindle legs press on; She’s on the way to somewhere else, A futile search for home.   And windblown hair that begs for soap Wraps odd her tired face Whose weary eyes scan anxiously For freedom more than place.   She …

Superheroes, Billy Graham and a Bag of Gold

  Superheroes are in the news these days, at the box office and in the church.  A superhero has a unique and remarkable special ability that can help a lot of people.   If he or she does not complete the mission, thousands or millions of people could be affected.   God calls some people into …

The Dance. A Poem

  I see before I’ve time to turn His sagging form, and sign; Will work for food, but we both know It’s cash he hopes to mine.   In seconds, we default to roles, To scripts each knows by heart. And both will be uncomfortable, But each must play his part.   I do not …

Can We Ever Love Our Country Too Much?

  Our current national debate about Colin Kaepernick and how to honor the American flag and country raises a vital question: Is it possible to love our country too much?   Jesus said some outlandish things.  Here is one of them.   “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy …

Until All the Bad Guys are Gone

  Thomas Jefferson. Robert E. Lee.  Thomas Yawkey.   They have all been in the news this last week.  Jefferson, the slave owner. Yawkey, the Red Sox baseball owner who adamantly resisted integration.  Lee, a general in the Confederate army.  Racists. Bad guys.   The proposed removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee was …

What’s Wrong with the Social Gospel?

What’s wrong with the social gospel is the implication that you can have a gospel that is not social.

WWJD: Who Would Jesus Deport?

  I was never a big fan of the WWJD phenomenon.  You know, the one that had people sporting bracelets and bumper stickers and socks and hats with WWJD emblazoned on them.  What Would Jesus Do? WWJD?  Now I love Jesus, trust him completely, and seek to follow his way and wisdom.  It was the …