Confederate Monuments: A History Lesson

One of the recurring arguments I have been hearing as to why we should not remove Confederate monuments from government lands and buildings is that we need to remember our history. Yet, the very history of these monuments is reason enough to validate their immediate removal. Keeping them is a white-washing and sanitizing of our... Continue Reading →

Lamenting Charlottesville

Oh, God... I don't even know what to say. My soul aches today. My heart is breaking. But it's been breaking for a long time, I suppose. It's just that the events last night in Charlottesville have re-awakened me to the pain. Your children were praying, Lord. Praying. They were praying and torch-wielding men and women... Continue Reading →

When The Stars Begin To Fall…

It came today--the email about how the world is ending on August 21st. I was wondering when I'd get that prophetic chain email and there was, just waiting for me in my inbox this morning.  It was long and it involved a lot of different colored fonts and maps and apocryphal scripture quotes.  And I... Continue Reading →

The Via Crucis Path Through Minidoka

It was Saturday evening and I was sitting at home with not much left to do. I could dive into household chores. I probably should dive into household chores. Or, I thought, I could go geocaching… Well, of course, my favorite hobby won out over doing laundry. When I hopped into the Jeep I didn’t... Continue Reading →

Thorns and a Bleeding Heart

"I know the meaning of the image itself," Shane, the tattoo artist, said, "But what's the significance for you?" It's a question a lot of tattoo artists will ask as they prepare to begin a new work on a new client. He was looking at the picture of the Sacred Heart I had provided him... Continue Reading →

The Appalachian Preacher is Abroad

It's been a while since I've written because I've been in process of following God into the unknown. I've been in Idaho for two weeks now--I still haven't finished unpacking the boxes and I'm nowhere near getting used to the smell of cattle feed lots. However, I have found the nearest Starbucks and began the process... Continue Reading →

Following God Into the Unknown

In January of 2006 I packed a bedroom suit, a loveseat, and a desk along with too many clothes and way too many books into a U-Haul and headed West.  I was off to seminary.  For several years I had simply assumed I would attend the Methodist School of Theology in Ohio (MTSO... or in... Continue Reading →

A Pilgrimage in the Social Hall

A handful of my parishioners and I joined together in the social hall for the purpose of making a pilgrimage. We were there to walk the Via Dolorosa together...the Way of Sorrows, or the Stations of the Cross.  On the night in which Jesus gave us the mandate to love one another, we came together... Continue Reading →

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