Brief Primer in Pediatric Cardiology: A NewestHale Update

Well, Tuesday’s surgery was a success by everyone’s high standards and Tim is raring to get off the breathing equipment and pain meds so he can go back to the posh life of a NICU baby. But why, you wonder, was surgery required? Was it really open heart surgery? Was Meredith Grey actually on Tim’s … Continue reading

One Full Week of Newest Hale

This time last week, Christie was being wheeled into the OR & I was putting on my fashion-forward surgical gown & hat, not knowing whom I would get to meet. It’s been pretty crazy since then, but we’re thankful that our new baby boy is doing very well. He’s continuing to eat like a Hale, … Continue reading

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 name—it was a big class, and not everyone was a regular at … Continue reading


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 … Continue reading

Samwise the Brave

Well, if you haven’t heard already, Hale #3 arrived yesterday at 11:58 am. Samuel Wayne Hale was born 6 lbs, 1 oz, and 19 1/4 inches long. He’s an exceptional young man! He tests well already, having passed both Apgar and hearing tests with flying colors. He’s working on being a regular Hale, eating well … Continue reading

And You Give Yourself Away

The theme for this year’s Texas Annual Conference, reflecting the idea of Extravagant Generosity, immediately calls to mind U2’s anthemic “With or Without You.” Without a doubt, it was one of the best annual conferences I’ve been a part of. The highlight was Tuesday night’s service in which my wonderful wife Christie was ordained as … Continue reading

Toys or Clothes for Christmas?

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. … Continue reading

Christmas Wassail Recipe

A traditional wassail recipe for your holiday enjoyment!

Theological Offspring

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=salvation+army+bell&iid=6030149″ src=”b/e/6/4/Salvation_Army_KicksOff_861d.jpg?adImageId=7781836&imageId=6030149″ width=”234″ height=”165″ /]Our son Ben, along with his sister, is staying with his aunt for a few days before Thanksgiving. He has been fascinated with the Salvation Army volunteers ringing bells, and today engaged one of them in a theological conversation. It went something like this… Why are you an … Continue reading

Preschooler Theology, Part I

Sitting with Ben this morning, who isn’t feeling well. So we were reading out of the Psalms, 118:19-24, and talking about the events of Holy Week. In trying to explain about the imagery of the “gates of justice” and “God’s own gates,” I asked, “Sometimes we go to visit God–where do we go to visit … Continue reading