Ignorance is Bless

  There is something magical about sailing. I love the classic Christopher Cross song by that name, and I have always harbored a sailing fantasy. Imagine, then, the moment years ago, when I discovered someone on Craigslist was giving away a Sunfish sailboat. I snatched it up both for the thrill of sailing and the …

I Did Not See That Coming

  I have moved from one house to another…a lot.  By my count, I have lived in 19 different houses, meaning I’ve moved 18 times in 56 years.  I consider myself a bit of an expert. Let me tell you a fun story about move number 16, a move that took my family from Alabama …

It Rocks to be Right

It’s fun to be right. It’s even more fun when people know that you are right. I spent about 19 years in school, and it’s impossible to know how many times I sat in a classroom when the teacher asked the class a question, expecting one of us to raise our hand and give an …

It Sucks to be Wrong

[This is chapter one of my book, Partly Wrong.] “Huge Lot of Comics and Baseball Memorabilia.” The Craigslist ad title screamed at me. I think it was 2004. Only 3 years earlier, I had discovered–and joined–this intriguing 6 year old website with a weird name, eBay. It was fascinating, and I tried my hand at …

God, Border Laws and Desperate Mothers

  Bible History is full of desperate mothers.  So is modern history. There is a connection.   The mother is fleeing through the desert with her boy, desperate to find a home. When her canteen runs dry, Hagar collapses in tears yards from her baby, because she can’t bear to watch him die.   The …

Wacky Things Jesus Said

  Jesus said some wacky things.  What they suggested was wackier still.   Jesus said some things he had no business saying.  Unless.  You need that word unless.  I have heard people say things they had no business saying…unless…well, unless one particular thing was true.  In other words, you could only say what you just …

Why Prayer Doesn’t Work

  It was 1992, and we discovered we owed the IRS that year.  This was highly unusual. Only two years earlier, Joy and I had moved with our young family from South Carolina to Massachusetts to start a church. With limited income, three kids and the earned income tax credit, we usually got a refund. …

God’s Absurd Plan

  Why didn’t Jesus stay?   I have been pondering that.  God was born a man to bring his glorious light into our dark, broken, dying world.  Walking our world, He announced, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John …

Blessed are the Losers

  Jesus is a dear friend to losers. This is my great hope.   I don’t know what the great throng expected to hear from the newly famous, miracle-working rabbi when they sat down on a mountainside and turned their heads into the slight breeze to hear him speak.  I’m not sure they ever forgot …

5000 Reasons Why I Keep Blogging

  It was a fascinating story to a 6-year old hearing it and seeing it with flannelgraph figures deftly positioned by the Sunday School teacher.  Jesus takes a boy’s fish sandwich lunch and uses it to feed 5,000+ people. I never thought much about why Jesus fed some people who could have gone home and …