A Plea to My Fellow ...

Recently, when I was out on my morning run, I saw something that gave me joy.  Two men were riding down Brookland Park Blvd on a bicycle built for two.  While that was unique, the more interesting part was that one of the men was an older black man and one of them an older white man.  It...

You Are Not The Answ...

“We must be present to our situation, listening for what the Spirit is calling us toward.”  Excerpt from The New Parish   When I was in seminary my professor of Spirituality, Dr. Stephen Brachlow, had us read Margaret Guenther’s book “Holy Listening” and then weekly put it into...

A Search for the Bel...

In the final weeks of September, I will be a part of four state/national conferences and speaking at three of them.  At the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship conference, I will be speaking to leaders who are largely from more traditional churches and who identify closely with the Baptist...

Spare Change or Real...

When each of my girls turned 16, I made them an offer.  They could have a big sweet 16 party with all their friends or I would take them to New York City for a weekend of shopping, sightseeing and a Broadway play.  All three opted for NYC.  I raised some wise girls! Recently it was my...

From Toxic Charity t...

Since February 2012, my post “Is Our Charity Toxic”, which contains insights from Robert Lupton’s book “Toxic Charity”, has been the number one visited post I have written. The basic premise of the book is this: When relief does not transition to development in a timely way,...

Both Worrier and War...

Today we arrived on the other side of the lake.  The journey began one year ago this week.  My family began this voyage leaving behind our comfortable suburban life.  We stepped out boldly.  Like Abraham we had no idea where it would lead or how we would get there.  Some thought we were...

God Needs a Little Help Jun01

God Needs a Little H...

In mid-February, my daughter applied to a specialty high school here in the city of Richmond.  She did her interview on April 1st and we were promised that within 2-3 weeks we would receive a letter letting us know if she got in.  Six weeks later, we were still waiting.  Every day for...

You are Breakable May30

You are Breakable

A friend recently sent me this in a text during a period when I was feeling overwhelmed. While I know my friend meant this as an encouraging word, it just hit me as completely untrue.  I know it is untrue because my father broke.  He took a gun and killed himself in our backyard.  So when...

Trash Talking

“We need to listen to what our lives are saying and take notes on it, lest we forget our own truth or deny we ever heard it.”  Parker J. Palmer Recently I shared an encounter I had with trash strewn all over a creek bank and how God called me to clean up that trash.  The whole...

Is God in Control?

Following a trail that I had never been on, I found myself lost in the woods.  The sound of the freeway traffic grew louder and louder and I expected the trail to turn away and head back toward the interior of the park.  I was a bit surprised when right at the base of the freeway, I found...