February 20, 2020

Last Wednesday night, I had the distinct honor of sitting with our dear Lenwood Ammons for a final visit. Lenwood, you see, had received a clear word from his doctor that he was nearing the end of life. His almost-102 year-old body had reached its limits, and soon he...

February 13, 2020

If you happened to have wandered into the Commons yesterday, here’s what you might have heard: The cover was white, kind of a papery, plastic-y material, with Precious Moments characters dressed up as biblical heroes. It was the one I used for sword drills: hardcover...

February 6, 2020

I’ve got friendship on my mind this week. From the unexpected gift of a midday phone conversation with a soul friend, a few days at my annual ‘preacher camp’ with the dear friends and fellow pastor colleagues in ministry, an anticipated upcoming baby shower with...

January 30, 2020

Over the past few weeks in worship, we’ve been talking together about calling — Jesus’ calling of the disciples and his own call as God’s presence in this world. These past few days, I joined with about 30 other Baptist women in ministry to inaugurate a season...

January 23, 2020

The assistance started immediately. Edith’s unexpected paralysis was a total life change for the Carters. They had to reimagine every moment of their days, every rhythm they’d grown accustomed to, every way they tended their relationships and spaces. How would they...

January 16, 2020

I’ve spent the past couple of days in Durham, gathering with a most dynamic group of Christian leaders to imagine how the institutions we lead might flourish with God’s abundant life. Called A Convocation of Christian Leaders, this group of pastors, denominational...

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