Heard In Heaven

Acting out a parody of Barry Black, Saturday Night Live had him praying, “Lord, bless and forgive these braying jack***es.” The man they parodied is a retired Rear Admiral, now […]

Be Gentle

Forcing a point of view with violence is, well, pointless. Last week, fire destroyed a mosque in Texas.  Authorities haven’t cited arson yet, but the site had been a target […]

Popular Religion

Taking questions from a reporter, a politician (who small remain unnamed) crafted answers about religion probably intended to express an inclusive position. The 2004 transcript intrigued me as I thought […]


Losing her daughter 18 years ago was a tragic and devastating moment in Shanara Mobley’s life. It was so troubling that it caught the nation’s attention.  But now the news […]

Social Construct

Inaugurating a new President is an American moment, but we are more “pluribus” than “unum.” Even the joint session of Congress to ratify the Electoral College results was contentious, with […]

Jerry Bridges

Introducing you to notable Christian people is one of my pastoral goals for this space. A life well-lived is inspiring.  Jerry Bridges passed away in 2016, completing his 86 years […]

Welcome 2017!

Is there any way to know what 2017 will bring? Benjamin Franklin said that nothing is certain except death and taxes, so there’s that.  The most common New Year’s resolutions […]

2016 In Review

Pondering the events of the past year means revisiting the good, bad, and ugly. Before I attempt to make sense of it, let’s review the history. Sports are a good […]

Christmas Hero

Talking with Johnny Carson in 1987 about “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Jimmy Stewart said, “It’s amazing that it’s become such a Christmas picture.” It should be no surprise since the […]


Voting evangelicals are quite interesting to political scientists. One reason is that evangelicals comprise 25 to 35 percent of American adults.  Just who are these evangelicals? Christians are considered evangelical […]