My hips ache with weighty, heavy pain. It is as though the leaded cannon fodder of fear and concern of the world, my city, my church, my family, has laid down in them. My lungs yearn to cry. A searing pain with breathe reminds me of the cries of those alone and afraid; the grieving... Continue Reading →

The story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer is often left to dry and dusty shelves of theology. Finally, it gets told in a way that reflects the enormous drama of the era and his historic role. Told with lots of color on the page as well as illustration, The Faithful Spy by John Hendrix is more than... Continue Reading →

It starts with rest.  A surprising beginning  which gave me pause.  Suddenly, I stopped trying to get through another book to consider as a worship tool.  As a pastor, there are so many tools to slog through that it can be easy to get caught up in the reviewing rather than engaging the tool itself.... Continue Reading →

There is something about this book. I am not sure if I like it or not, but I appreciate several things.  Author, Urs Mattmann has reworked his original 2004 German manuscript with a few updates for English speaking cultures.  I appreciate that he clearly states he is writing from a uniquely gay-male perspective.  That alone... Continue Reading →

Many of you have figured out by now that there is a level of expectation when I listen to folks.  They expect they are safe to tell me anything.  Which is generally true, but has limits both morally and legally. So, imagine my surprise and disgust when this was used against me to allow a... Continue Reading →

What a relief.  I wasn't sure what to expect of this book by Elizabeth Jeffries.  I am weary of folks who separate humanity into binaries and was afraid this might be just that- one more separation.  Instead, as I read "Through the Kaleidoscope,"  I found a refreshing and honest perspective on why we don't need... Continue Reading →

Author Bob Fabey gets real, real quick in his book, Not My Jesus.  Calling out the nature of Christians to make Jesus over into a caricature for their own comfort, at times it feels he reaches a bit too far, (calling Jesus a pig/dog hater-and dismissive of burial rights) but he is making a point... Continue Reading →

Recently a colleague, one whom I have never met in person commented about why they are friends with me on social media.  "This is why I keep you around.  You lead me beside still waters."  My response was curious to say the least.  "Who me?"  "Wait, is that good?"  "What do you mean?"  I asked,... Continue Reading →

Yesterday the office administrator interrupted me.  "Notre Dame is one fire," she said in almost a whisper.  Being the wife of a college football fanatic, my first response was, "the college or the cathedral?" People around the world have flooded social media over this ancient, sacred space burning.  There is palpable grief from all sectors-... Continue Reading →

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