Slow Telling of a Story 2: Waiting for the Edit

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how hard it's been to be patient through the publishing process, how slowly everything seems to be moving, how frustrating that pace has been at times. You can read that post here. Things look a little different to me now, because I just had my first phone conversation … Continue reading Slow Telling of a Story 2: Waiting for the Edit

The Slow Telling of a Story

It's very hard to be patient when you're trying to get your first book published. At least that's been my experience. People often ask me, "How's your book coming along?" And my answer is usually a shrug, and something mumbled about, "I'm waiting at this point." I'll tell you, it has been a long process … Continue reading The Slow Telling of a Story


Does every elementary school have its resident “whiz kid”? The kid who always knows all the answers, always gets placed in the advanced programs, always is number one in anything academic? Well, my elementary school did, and it was me. It was a small pond, to be sure, but I was the big fish there. … Continue reading Thirty-Three

Rushing to Judgment

I'm not going to say much about today's hearings, for a few reasons: I didn't watch any of them. All the news I've gotten on what happened today was through Facebook. I'm a man. I really don't think anybody needs to hear my two cents about sexual assault. It's wrong, in every circumstance. There are … Continue reading Rushing to Judgment

Wait Like a Farmer

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Matthew 25:1-13, the parable of the Ten Bridesmaids.  I’d like to tell you today about Robert. Robert was a very active member of a congregation I served. Still is, I’m sure. I remember him as a quiet, thoughtful man. … Continue reading Wait Like a Farmer

They Worshiped, but they Doubted

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, a day known as The Holy Trinity. The gospel reading was Matthew 28:16-20. The elephant in the room this morning was a very contentious vote the congregation took last week. Had the motion before the congregation passed, we would have become a Reconciling … Continue reading They Worshiped, but they Doubted