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Sherlock Holmes: Pursued Pursuer

April 7, 2017 at 4:33 pm

  Throughout 4 seasons now, the brilliant folks at PBS Masterpiece and the BBC have given us the gift of Sherlock Holmes. Updated for the 21st century, the heroine addicted Holmes is now given modern tools of technology and equally modern cases to solve. For the uninitiated, there is scarcely […]

Into the Wilderness

March 28, 2017 at 9:02 am

One of my fondest memories is a journey my wife and I took together just weeks after our wedding, backpacking across the Presidential Range in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. On the morning of our second day we woke early and stepped out from under our tarp to meet a morning breaking […]

Thanksgiving in Prison

November 24, 2016 at 12:41 pm

“I am disappointed that I am so weak. I feel at the point of failure” The words repeated themselves several times throughout the letter, punctuated with additional confessions of panic attacks, depression, hopelessness, loneliness and fear.   The letter was sent from a fellow colleague in ministry, and had I not […]

Following the Light into Sierra Leone

October 12, 2016 at 1:24 pm

The paved highway ended and we turned onto red dirt roads made slick by the rainy season. Two lanes soon become one and turned upward through a potholed maze of boulders and washed-out trails, that twisted our truck higher and higher into the thickening canopy. When the trail stopped, we […]

Skittle or Brothers? The metaphors of Refugees

September 22, 2016 at 5:53 pm

The Trump campaign and twitter have been interesting bedfellows this election cycle. Most recently, it was Trump’s son, Donald Trump, Jr. who has caused the uproar. In a tweet sent earlier in the week, Trump, Jr. posted an image through which an analogy was drawn between refugees and a bowl […]

The Pursuing God

July 11, 2016 at 5:20 pm

“Jesus reveals a God who comes after us, who is on the prowl, hunting down his world for reconciliation. And the question we’re left with is not whether we’ve been good enough, jumped high enough, or sought hard enough…The question is, do we want to be found.” – The Pursuing God I […]

The Second Coming

April 6, 2016 at 3:28 pm

2,000 years is a long time to wait. So long in fact that I humbly admit that the return of Jesus scarcely crosses my mind. When I am confronted by it in the Scriptures, in ways so matter-of-fact and so full of certainty, I cannot help at times to scoff […]

God of War

March 18, 2016 at 4:28 am

     I only met Ben Patterson once. We were together for a weekend in Houston taking part in a private gathering of Christian educators who assembled to discuss campus evangelism. We only talked briefly, and I am certain he does not remember my name or my face. At the […]

The Deliverance

March 10, 2016 at 3:47 pm

Last night I gathered around a large dinner table to share a meal with missionaries. We gathered to celebrate and we gathered to share stories. Some had been lifetime servants who ministered on the field for decades, others of us were relative rookies, serving now for just a few years. But […]


March 4, 2016 at 5:11 pm

I was trapped in the Atlanta airport last week during a sudden Nor’ Easter that crashed into the coast. Hours later, I was trapped in Charlotte. Arriving in Austin the next morning, I was delayed for two more hours at the car rental counter before collapsing into a cheap hotel […]