Safety Nets

The gospel we proclaim does not promise a lot of immediate benefit. As a matter of fact, we are inviting people to follow someone who was brutally tortured and publicly executed. Yet there are tremendous benefits to this new life, both now and forever. It is essential...

Midazalom®

According to a recent update from deathpenaltyinfo.org, “Governor Asa Hutchinson sets dates for eight executions. The Arkansas Supreme Court imposes a stay on executions while evaluating the constitutionality of the 2013 secrecy law.” On Monday evening, November 25,...

Completely Weird

A friend I’ve mentioned in this column sells life insurance. He was ordained on-line. Last year he did more weddings than I did. It can be hard to find firm footing in a world where the religious landscape is changing so rapidly. I have a friend who is a Dudeist...

Dungeons and Dugouts

It is not always easy to fit our everyday human lives into a divine and eternal context. But if we believe in a this-world-to-that-world continuity we should at least give it a try. Each Friday I go to breakfast with a group of friends. We talk about sports, the...

The Fourteen Bins

Yes, the Fourteen Bins remain in their place to this day. I didn’t see the movie, but I saw the trailer. Stand Up Guys is about aging gangsters looking for their last hurrah. Describing his ‘late-in-life’ predicament, Al Pacino’s character says “They say we die twice....

Home

Recently I went back to my hometown and visited that cemetery. I stood by my father’s grave. I knelt before the statue of Christ. It was raining. I got back in my truck and my boys were arguing. They saw the look on my face and grew silent. Then someone started to...