In Company


On the wall of my study hangs a poster-sized picture of my confirmation class. It’s a game for my church members to come in & try to find sixth-grade-Josh. Not a hard game, actually. I keep it even though I can’t remember everyone’s nameā€”it was a big class, and not everyone was a regular at […]



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Coming out of the morning showing of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with Christie, we discovered that in an elementary school in Connecticut, a school like the one our oldest son and daughter attend here in Texas, dozens were killed in a shooting, many of them children. Already, the condolences are pouring out, as well […]


Joyfully Announcing the Great Mystery of God’s Salvation

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Today’s daily meditation from Henri Nouwen seems most appropriate today. I share it with you: The Church is called to announce the Good News of Jesus to all people and all nations. Besides the many works of mercy by which the Church must make Jesus’ love visible, it must also joyfully announce the great mystery […]


A Wideness in God’s Mercy

Today’s events have left me feeling a dozen or more different emotions. I thought about one of my favorite hymns, and I hope you will join me in prayer for the dead, the wounded, the mourning, and the one who shot the gun. There’s a wideness in God’s mercy like the wideness of the sea; […]


Harry Potter’s Two Monuments

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Like the rest of (what seems like) the country, Christie and I headed to the cinema this weekend to watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 … twice. There are a number of good reviews out there, including those appearing online at Pop Theology, Relevant Mag, Think Christian, and Christianity Today, so I […]