About Josh Hale

Aren't we what we repeatedly love? My wife, being GeekDad to the 4 superkids, United Methodist pastoring, Texas, science fiction and other nerdy pursuits, words (speaking, listening, writing, reading), Britain, music, camping, tech, baseball, practicing theology. Jesus. Coffee.


Entering the Drama of Worship

Lincoln Cathedral

Tonight is Maundy Thursday, the first of the Great Three Days in the Christian tradition. The Triduum, as it is also known, continues tomorrow with Good Friday, and concludes with the celebration of the Easter Vigil either after sundown Saturday night or at dawn Sunday morning. These days form a liturgical triptych that brings the […]


What’s this S.H.I.E.L.D. Reaper?


So is this adaptation of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s flight logo the result of a bored graphic designer, or the fallout from CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER? Check out the preview clip for Tuesday’s episode; what do you think? Published via Pressgram


Tea, Earl Grey, Hot


I’ve been drinking tea & coffee out of this mug for more than 20 years. It’s modeled on the one Kirk uses in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Sadly, I missed out on the chance to get the Excelsior teacup Captain Sulu uses onscreen. But this mug is still my favorite one. Published via […]


Perritte Bluebonnets


Snuck across the street to get this picture of the church from a bluebonnet patch. Simply lovely today. Published via Pressgram


5th Grade Car Wash #dprenew


Eldest is going on the 5th grade science field trip to NASA-JSC in a few weeks. So we brought my van to the car wash fundraiser to help out. The kids are having a good time, inside & out! Published via Pressgram


Any Hope for Leading the Church We Have?

Cross and Flame

I’ve been thinking a lot about leadership lately. As a pastor in today’s culture, it’s unavoidable — whether I’m meeting with congregants or the Board of Ordained Ministry, whether I’m working on a sermon or learning at my continuing education program — so much congregational, conference, and church concern focuses on leadership. So I’ve been […]


Standing Desk Hack


My $22 Ikea standing desk hack is awesome so far! Find the instructions for the STANDESK 2200 here http://iamnotaprogrammer.com/Ikea-Standing-desk-for-22-dollars.html Published via Pressgram


Halfway Through Lent


The halfway point through Lent this year has been passed: what direction will it take you? “In the middle of the journey of our life I found myself astray in a dark wood where the straight road had been lost sight of.” Dante Aligheri, Inferno Published via Pressgram


A Special Announcement

JWH headshot 2014

Earlier today, I announced in worship my new appointment as the pastor of Mission Bend United Methodist Church, followed by a pastoral email to the members of Perritte Memorial United Methodist Church. I’ll be writing more about that in due time, but for the moment, let me share a portion of that letter with you […]


Holy Work


The Board of Ordained Ministry interviews 15 candidates for ordination yesterday & today, and in each room there is a small altar set up to remind us that what we do is holy work. Published via Pressgram