My family often jokes about our "first-world problems": The ice maker on one of our two refrigerators is jammed, the local fiberoptic internet is unusually slow today, or the kids are lamenting that there's "nothing to eat" in our pantry with dozens of food choices readily available. We American-born Christians certainly understand excess because we … Continue reading First-World Excess and the story of Jesus feeding the 5000
Category: Scripture Impressions and Digressions
At times when I teach, there are rabbits I would love to chase while interpreting Scripture which time does not always permit. In these doxologies, time is relative. So let the chasing commence.
Letter to My Church on the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Sunday
More than two years ago, I was asked to represent our church in the Greenwood District of Tulsa as plans were forming to commemorate the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. I believe it speaks highly of our church and the impact we’ve made in our community that we were both invited and welcomed by the folks … Continue reading Letter to My Church on the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Sunday
A Pastor’s Lament – The Hardest Part of 2020
I remember months ago constantly hearing people ask: “Do you even know one person who's had COVID?” We don't hear this question so much anymore, because the reality of the pandemic has hit home for us all. We all know someone, and for some of us of many someones who have been sick, have died, … Continue reading A Pastor’s Lament – The Hardest Part of 2020