Editor's Desk

Frightened disciples—cowering behind a bolted door—emerged from hiding as fearless and fierce followers. What changed them was the conviction that their crucified friend was alive.
April 9, 2014
Many of us love the busyness and energy of a robust church. And yet all of us pastors must summon an uncommon discipline if we are to reflect the priority of preaching.
March 12, 2014
Years of experience don’t ease the journey toward a family waiting in an ICU. We pastors feel terribly inadequate, and at the same time incredibly grateful that the vocation allows us into the most intimate situations.
February 26, 2014
In divinity school, professors engaged my heart and mind—and began the process of helping me figure out what I believed and whether it was important enough to give my life to it.
February 3, 2014
I don't much like the days and weeks after Christmas. Christmas takes so long to get here, with preparations and anticipation building from mid-November on. And then, sometime during the day of December 25, it all collapses.
January 22, 2014
When the church was under siege, passing the peace was important to members meeting in secret. Today, it’s a part of the service I dread.
January 6, 2014
The miracle of love is that the more you love, the more alive you are. Keeping Christmas is believing in the transforming power of love.
December 23, 2013
In a recent public conversation, I was touched by Richard Mouw's kindness and civility. It gave me hope for my church.
October 28, 2013
I have great respect and gratitude for our democratic system. But my respect and gratitude are being tried.
October 14, 2013
I'm on the fence about military action in Syria. So I do what those of us on the fence ought to be doing: I pray.
September 30, 2013
World Communion Sunday is one of the best ideas Presbyterians ever had. But it doesn't seem to be considered as important as it once was.
September 26, 2013