Five Local Actions that Give Me Hope

The famous apologist and social critic G.K. Chesterton wrote that original sin is the only part of Christian theology that can really be proven. He argued that there are lots of abstract philosophical concepts we can debate but this quality of basic human sinfulness is observable; we see it all around us and all the [...]

Pandemic Possibilities (Part 2): Getting Grounded by God

In my last blog I reflected on the story of Jesus feeding the multitude, extracting wisdom from how Jesus responded to a public health crisis that we can use as we live in a time of pandemic. I considered how the challenges of our current crisis not only bring pain but also reveal possibilities. If [...]

Now the Green Blade Rises

This is a guest post from my friend Anthony Kirk. I asked if I could share his reflection because I think it speaks to the season and the divine wisdom hidden in creation. It reminds me of Martin Luther’s quote about the mystery of Christ in nature: “Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, [...]

Pandemic Possibilities (Part 1): Testing God, Caremongering, and Jesus in a Public Health Crisis

The last several years of my life have been gripped and guided by the gospel story in Mark commonly known as The Feeding of the Multitude, or incorrectly named The Feeding of the 5,000 (5,000 men but easily 20 or 30,000 people). It has shaped my faith and practice in a number of ways and [...]

Take Courage: Some Things I Learned in 2019

2019: It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.  Every year brings its own gifts and challenges. For me, though, 2019 brought a lot of both. It was a hard year in some respects. More conflict than normal. Many tears. Wrestling with hard questions and hard answers. Raging at the darkness [...]

Sent Home

Today's post comes from the manuscript of a message shared by Andy Henry when he and Ashlyn shared reflections on mission with Old Stone Presbyterian Church in Delaware, Ohio. Ashlyn talked about her experience with international and short-term mission trips while Andy talked about mission in a local context. Enjoy!  Samuel L. Clemens, also known [...]

In the Beginning: Reflections from Our Second New Year’s Retreat

The second annual New Year's retreat is in the books! I was delighted to join 10 other companions in a cozy lodge nestled in Hocking Hills for a time of rest, reflection, and refreshment. I trust that everyone left a bit more rested and ready to engage another year, finding renewal through times of group [...]

We Need a Healer: Reflections on Christ the King Sunday

The kingdom of God is justice and peace/and joy in the Holy Spirit/Come, Lord, and open in us/the gates of your kingdom. I sang these words with a small group of Friends at a recent retreat. They come from a Taize chant called "The Kingdom of God." If you're not familiar with Taize, the simple [...]