A Long Obedience in the Same Direction

Holy Week is a bit of an exercise in futility for some of us liturgically-minded pastors. While the Sanctuary may be full on Palm Sunday and overflowing at Easter, the empty pews at our midweek services beg for some attention. I urge my congregations yearly to appreciate the joy of Easter by attending to the … Continue reading


Thanksgiving is a great festival of memory: it is not that we in general lack blessings, only in remembering them. One of my favorite Thanksgiving memories was celebrating it abroad, with friends who were also participating in the British-American Ministry Programme in 2005. I’m thankful for these friends (Mollie, Mindy & Ted, Sara, & more) … Continue reading

Harry Potter’s Two Monuments

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 … Continue reading

What to Get a Savior Who Already Has Everything?

There’s a lot of talk these days about Christ and Christmas, and what’s appropriate to say and do at this time of year, especially as a person of faith. With so many going to worship this evening to inaugurate the Christmas season, I thought perhaps a brief word on the subject might be appropriate. One … Continue reading

Memorials & Remembering

Each year, the first action of the Annual Conference as it is called to order, is to participate in a worship service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance…or, in common parlance, the memorial service. Until we shortened conference, it was always after lunch on Memorial Day; now, it’s the night before. As the rest of the society … Continue reading