I am passionate about food. Growing it, shopping for it, smelling it, cooking it and eating it. It seems it is hard for me to get enough of it.
That brings me to what struck me—maybe there are too many people who don’t know what superb, in-season produce tastes like; maybe those of us who live in this great, big country don’t give a thought to our food except to want it quick, easy, and cheap.
We live in a community where fast food is abundant. I wonder what children are growing up thinking as they fuel up with paper wrapped food often eaten in the car on the way somewhere.
Navigating Pastoral Care for People Living with Gender Identity Conflict (note: the names in this article have been changed) Oh, the things they don’t teach pastors in seminary. Recently, I had the privilege of presenting an all-day Pastors’ Forum at a respected conservative theological seminary on the theme of Pastoral Care and Gender Dysphoria. The […]
There have been a few random thoughts running through my head the past couple months as I reflect on the past year. You know, both Denis and I turned 70 in 2017. Since then I’ve been chewing on that like a piece of gristle and choking a little over this whole thing of getting older. […]
Northern Minnesota December As a child I loved December best of all months. It held the two most important days of the year—my birthday and Christmas. Everything was good in December. Nights so cold the snow squeaked under foot. Air so clear the glittering stars seemed hung just above the trees. Snow so high it […]
Reading the World—interview of Luke Bobo on Race in America “To love your neighbor as yourself,” Christopher Wright says in The Mission of God, “is not just the second great commandment in the law; it is the essential implication of our common createdness” (p. 424). There are no exceptions, though our brokenness finds plenty of […]
Some books are published not because there is any chance they will become best sellers but because they need to be published. What they say is too important to be ignored. The same is true of some films. I doubt anyone involved in the making of The Founder imagined they were making a blockbuster. But […]
Consider being alone, still, in complete silence. It can be a precious relief, a lovely respite from noise, and busyness, and demands, and people. I need such times, but they are rare. Occasionally I turn off my phone, shut down my laptop and find a quiet spot to sit where I won’t be interrupted for […]
It might be wise to resurrect a biblical greeting that was used when God’s people faced uncertain times—“Be of good courage.” The story goes like this: For three generations the people of Israel had been a nomadic tribe freely wandering the hills and land of ancient Palestine. Abraham had been the first, the patriarch who […]