When God was Too Late

I served for one very long year as a jail chaplain. They say you can get used to anything… …except maybe working in a jail. After a few months, it didn’t really bother me when the huge metal door clanged shut behind me, locking me in with some of the most desperate people in my […]

Lover of Lost Causes

I think it’s so odd that most of us would agree that the sacrificed life – a life lived for helping others – is the best way to live. Only few of us ever decide to live that way. Sure, there are those few foster parents like our friends Stacey and Mike who take in […]

Giving Up On Church

I was surfing around on another website last night. It was the page for a podcast that features lots of ex-pastors who are no longer in the ministry. Evidently, they’re pretty proud of having walked away from the church. And their programs have attracted lots of former church members who no longer feel they need […]

“Once more, with feeling…”

No matter how hard last year knocked you down, get back up and try again

When I took vocal classes, my first time singing a song was the toughest. I’d spent the week working on it, but now the nerves kick in. At the end of my struggling rendition, the professor would smile and say: “OK. Once more, with feeling…” Sometimes you have to get past the first try before […]

Let It Go

No, not the Disney Princess song...

I’ve heard it said, “If you love something, set it free. If it returns, then it’s truly yours. But if it doesn’t return….hunt it down and kill it! Just kidding…sort of. ;0) But as we face the blank palette of each new day, and a new year, one of the main things we need to […]

Santa Claus: Christian Fascist

Naughty or nice? Just who does he think he is!

I’m getting a little concerned for Santa. Truth is, he’s an old timer. His deeds, though well-intentioned, are from another age entirely. And I’m afraid someone will probably take him down pretty soon. A hitman? Most likely not, though I’m not ruling anything out. More likely, it will be a lawyer. Or a soccer mom. […]

Joyful & Triumphant

I was at Capitol Grille being treated to lunch by a dear friend last year right before Christmas. He’d just paid the check, and our waiter was saying thanks. “You two gentlemen have a merry…um…Happy Holidays”. His eyes darted to check our faces for disapproval. “Merry Christmas to you, my friend,” I said as I […]