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 […]

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 […]

A Christmas Carol for Refugees

December 4, 2015 at 7:30 pm

As we enter into the season of Advent our family has chosen to return to the Charles Dicken’s classic A Christmas Carol for our bedtime reading. In many ways the story is so familiar that is scarcely needs any explanation. And yet, I have also found that the retelling (and retelling, and […]

Wise as Serpents

November 5, 2015 at 9:24 am

“If he is discovered, he will be executed.” The car was winding through Spanish hillsides covered with olive trees as far as the eye could see. The words slipped from the mouth of my driver casually, as if he was talking about the weather or his plans for the weekend. […]

First they came for the Muslim…

July 24, 2015 at 6:16 pm

“We should stop all immigration of Muslims to the U.S.” With these words Franklin Graham ignited a wave of controversy last week through his facebook page. Responding to the murder of four Marines killed by Mohammad Abdulazeez in Chatanooga, Graham likened Muslims to the Japanese and Germans of WWII, exhorting the public […]

What the Church can learn from Serial

December 12, 2014 at 6:18 pm

     In its introductory season on air the Serial podcast has become one of the most popular podcasts in the world, surpassing even the long-time champion This American Life, which is produced by Serial host, Sarah Koenig. If you are not currently among the over one million weekly listeners […]

How Hipsters Became More Powerful than the Gates of Hell

August 15, 2013 at 6:28 pm

“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matt. 16:1   Scene 1: I am on staff at a Presbyterian church that follows a formal Presbyterian liturgy. I am taking a respite […]

Hurtful Handouts

July 4, 2013 at 1:16 pm

There were plenty of things interesting about President Obama’s trip to Africa last week. A black man standing in the place where people were once kidnapped from their tribal homes because of the color of their skin. A black President of a country that once held quite a bit of […]