In the beginning, God created

“Those are some gorgeous paintings,” said my son-in-law, viewing our new artwork for the first time. The nightscape and seascape perch on the piano ledge in our living room. In a space too often cluttered with the stuff of life (a child’s Noah’s ark set, animals wandering at large; books …

Let’s just grow up

Every time I listen to the news, I think of how many of us need to stop acting like children (darling as they are!) and just grow up. Stop getting out of sorts when we don’t win. Stop playing with guns. Stop pretending we’re the best at everything. Stop reaching for …

Tripping over Christmas–again

 Considering the way most Christians traverse this sacred season, I suspect that in our privately casted Christmas pageants, the character most of us play best is not the Gloria angels, they who released Heaven’s news to a gaggle of odiferous shepherds.  Neither do we emulate the shepherds themselves, gasping, gaping, …

When God feels absent—what then?

All the years I’ve written his column, Emmanuel—God with us—has sat with me, helping me shape it into something useable. We’ve written in relative quietness, sitting alone with my computer in my office or another quiet space. Hotel, hospital or hostel; guest room, garage or great outdoors. Have I ever …

Good theology fosters a good marriage

The Preacher has officiated at numerous marriage ceremonies and counseled countless couples in crisis. But his biggest accomplishment may be that he’s remained married to me for so long. “Happy thirty-sixth anniversary!” we said to each other earlier this year. I can’t remember which of us added, “Here’s to thirty …