Graduation
Posted on May 30, 2016

I write this from NC. I’ll only be here a few days (returning in time to preach at Marble this Sunday), but these will be incredibly important days for our family.

Nothing
Posted on May 23, 2016

Seinfeld (which has to rank as one of a small handful of the funniest sitcoms ever) was known and is still remembered as “a show about nothing.” The truth is, however, that was not its original intent at all. Seinfeld was actually created to be a show about how comedians get their material. Even so, “a show about nothing” is how it will forever be remembered.

Love Heals
Posted on May 16, 2016

This was a powerful weekend at Marble. Rev. Becca Stevens was here, along with one of her staff members and two graduates of her Love Heals program. We were reminded of a couple of undeniable realities this weekend. First, we were reminded that many people live in unimaginable circumstances, usually not of their own making. The evils of the trafficking and sex-for-sale industries are rampant, and the victims exist at our doorsteps. We too often think of it as something that happens “over there.” And it does. Every day innocent children (ten and eleven year old little girls) are being sold by ISIS and Boco Haram to wealthy buyers who want child sex slaves. It also happens in Cambodia and Thailand. It happens in Eastern Europe, as well. But, it also happens here – in our five boroughs – and even in quiet small towns in the Midwest and Bible Belt.

Grandparents
Posted on May 9, 2016

Our daughter and son-in-law (Alison and Andy) told Page and me recently that we are going to be grandparents. This is the first time for us. Grandparents. Wow! That’s great news... and exciting news... but just a little bit sobering news, as well.

Faith and Mothers
Posted on May 2, 2016

As Mothers’ Day approaches, I find myself thinking a lot about my mom. She died shortly before Christmas, 1986. She only knew one of her two grandsons, the other being born exactly one year to the day after her death. The grandchild she knew was only four when she passed. And though she loved him deeply and dearly, she never experienced most of the key moments in his life. She never saw him go to school, become an athlete, attend the prom, graduate from college, or start his counseling practice. Death came too soon for any of that. Death came too soon for her.