Vacation Blues

My family and I recently went on a vacation. As with most vacations, there is a wealth of planning put into place. You have to have a destination. You have to prepare some means of transportation. Depending on the pathology of the individual, you may want a light itinerary or excessive one; I’ll leave you … More Vacation Blues

Immunity to Shame

I’m not a visual person. I couldn’t accurately describe my baby’s face or my wedding dress to a sketch artist. But as I consider shame and guilt in my own life, my mind’s eye can recall in vivid detail the ground or carpet present in those memories. It wasn’t until I sat down with Laura … More Immunity to Shame

No Lone Wolves

What have we learned throughout the pandemic? One of the common trends is that, while quarantined, many of us picked up some new skills. Some individuals have turned to baking and sourdough ad nauseam. Others have turned to the arts - whether they be crafting, painting, or even music. One other thing that has been … More No Lone Wolves

Glorify and Enjoy

One of my favorite books is the Westminster Shorter Catechism. It is a teaching tool birthed in the midst of the English civil war. Penned by an assembly of pastor-theologians in the 1640s this little book has stood the test of time as a sure guide for those interested in growing in their knowledge and … More Glorify and Enjoy

Prayers For Our Country

One of my favorite tools in my study is a little black book that belonged to one of my predecessors. It’s a rather ordinary little book that has certainly been through the wringer. However, its appearance ought not to be assumed equivalent with its value. It is a prayer book of the American Anglican tradition … More Prayers For Our Country

Have Ye Any Cheer Left?

Just this past week I was grabbing groceries for my family. While I was checking out, the individual working the register saw our church’s logo on my vest, and asked if I was involved with the church. I introduced myself as the pastor. This person then walked closer and said very seriously, “May I ask … More Have Ye Any Cheer Left?