When ‘You’ means ‘Y’all’: Recognizing Community in an Individualistic Culture

The irony of my critique of the English language is not lost on me. Despite being a writer, I don't always show proper respect for English rules. I absolutely love dangling modifiers, split infinitives, and ending sentences with prepositions. The presence or absence of Oxford commas triggers no emotional response from me. Oh, and I … Continue reading When ‘You’ means ‘Y’all’: Recognizing Community in an Individualistic Culture

Beauty in the Mundane: The Cinematic Art of Terrence Malick

Few movies elicit as wide a range of passionate and visceral reactions as Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life (2011). Most people either love it or hate it. It received both cheers and jeers on the film festival circuit. Many movie-goers simply walked out of the movie in frustration during its initial run in theaters. … Continue reading Beauty in the Mundane: The Cinematic Art of Terrence Malick

‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind:’ Songs for Sojourners

I like U2. They create music and lyrics that make me think. Their thoughtful lyrics are filled with symbolism and passion for "the least of these." Emotion flows through each musical note. Most of all, I appreciate their expressions of faith—even when they wrestle and struggle. And do they struggle. These guys are fragile and … Continue reading ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind:’ Songs for Sojourners

‘Not a Marxist’ & things I never dreamed I’d need to say, Part Two

The idea for this two-part series developed as I read post after post accusing Christian leaders I know and respect of being Marxists because of their responses to George Floyd's death and their calls for racial reconciliation. In each case, these leaders promoted nothing Marxist, only ideas drawn from Scripture. It is obvious that none … Continue reading ‘Not a Marxist’ & things I never dreamed I’d need to say, Part Two

‘I am not a Marxist’ & other things I never dreamed I’d need to say, Part One

We live in strange times. COVID-19. Racial tension. Socio-economic and political upheaval. A president who likes to tweet. Our nation has not experienced days this strange since World War I and the years that followed. I see many comparisons between our current situation and the years between 1918 (the “Spanish” flu pandemic) and 1928 (the … Continue reading ‘I am not a Marxist’ & other things I never dreamed I’d need to say, Part One

Racism and the retreat to rugged individualism

Ninety-nine years ago today the Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa was on fire. Fires of injustice are still burning across the U.S. today. On May 31 and June 1, 1921, a vengeful white mob destroyed one of the wealthiest, most influential black neighborhoods in the United States based on a false accusation against a black teenager. … Continue reading Racism and the retreat to rugged individualism

We need each other: The blessing of connections during the COVID-19 pandemic

Confession: The “deacon call list” has always caused me a bit of anxiety. You know, that list of church members a deacon calls during times of crisis or when the church is introducing new initiatives. I am perplexed by the anxiety. I’m a people person and I like to talk. Perhaps it is because the … Continue reading We need each other: The blessing of connections during the COVID-19 pandemic