Listening in the Locker Room


I had the opportunity to take some Lamar students to Minute Maid Park a few weeks ago for Methodist Night with the Astros. We had a great time with families and friends and got to see a lot of other folks from across our Annual Conference. I bumped into one of our favorite pitchers (now […]


At Table in Jerusalem: A Hymn for Maundy Thursday

As it is now Holy Week, I’d like to share a hymn text I wrote for Maundy Thursday 2008. During that 2007-08 year, I taught a course on worship at Wesley United Methodist Church in Beaumont and that small group grew quite close to each other. I wrote this hymn in honor of that “Passionate […]


Teach Me To Live…

An often-sung evening hymn is the post-Reformation English chorus that appears in our United Methodist Hymnal at # 682: “All praise to thee, my God, this night.” Of its many beautiful phrases that match the famous “Tallis Canon” tune (meant to be sung in a round, like “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”) my favorite is: […]


Toys or Clothes for Christmas?

Ben in a box

Here is the sermon I preached this morning at Wesley United Methodist Church, Beaumont TX for College & Young Adult Sunday. The text is from Colossians 3:12-17. There’s a legend in my family about my first Christmas. After all the toys were opened, all I wanted to play with was the orange from my stocking. […]


The Hour and the Day

Advent: Getting ready for the one, true, holy God to break into our fragmented, false, and unholy lives.


“Do you also…?”

Holy One of God, in this time of cheap grace and nominal discipleship, you still ask us: “Do you also wish to go away?” By the gifts we bring, by the deeds we offer, by the lives we live, let us affirm and proclaim that you have the words of eternal life. AMEN. Offertory prayer […]