Speaking Your Truth

“Inner work is as real as outer work and involves skills one can develop, skills like journaling, reflective reading, spiritual friendship, meditation and prayer. If people skimp on their inner work, their outer work will suffer as well.”  Parker J. Palmer I started journaling more than...

Angie’s Story: The ...

“Who you are, what you think and how you act are all radically shaped by how you discern your past. And in large part, you become the story you tell. The only way you can come to know your story well is in community with others. Most people don’t know how to read their life in a way that...

Celebrating the Innk...

We all know the great commandment has two important mandates – love God and love neighbor. When Jesus was asked, “Who is my neighbor?” He responds with the parable of The Good Samaritan. 30 Jesus replied to the question saying, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell...

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...

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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...