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.
In every age, the crucifixion has compelled artists with its raw human drama, as well as with its deeper meaning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We've been told that millennials are selfish, greedy and narcissistic. But the young adults I know don't fit this stereotype.
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.
God loves the creation. In response the creation sings praise and adoration to God.
The proximity of Thanksgiving and Advent evokes in me an awareness and celebration of the ways God comes into the world.
In a recent public conversation, I was touched by Richard Mouw's kindness and civility. It gave me hope for my church.
I have great respect and gratitude for our democratic system. But my respect and gratitude are being tried.
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.
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.