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 […]