Holy Hunger

I’ve written a piece for the Roanoke Times which you can find here:

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In the suffering eyes reflected in mine

“Before you speak to me about your religion, first show it to me in how you treat other people. In the end, I’m not as interested in what you have to tell or sell as in how you choose to live and give.”[1] This quote reminds me of Kayla Mueller—the remarkable young American woman who […]

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Mom’s Pizza Dough Recipe

Click on this link for a 90 second sermon about family traditions, welcoming tables, and the spirit versus the letter of the Law.

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My Rest by the Way

O God, be the goal of my pilgrimage and my rest by the way. ~Augustine As the sun set, dust bit into the far horizon, its teeth marks leaving half-light for a dozen joyful children, still running, laughing, and playing in the park. Over their squeals of delight, you can hear the adolescent boys playing […]

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God Complex Radio

God Complex Radio Interview

A few months ago, I was interviewed by Derrick Weston for the program, God Complex Radio. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Derrick and his co-host, Carol Howard Merritt. I believe our conversation would be helpful for you to hear, as well as enjoyable. So take a few minutes and listen via the […]

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Shimmer

In exchange for thirty dollars, I receive two hundred and fifty, 5 ½ X 8 ½ note cards emblazoned with an amateur sketch of our church on the front cover, and I store these otherwise nondescript cards in a prominent place on a book shelf within an easy arm’s reach from my office chair. For […]

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A Selfless Silence

Are you familiar with a prayer like an accusing finger or a scolding tongue? I have heard whole groups of people chastised in prayers; once, I was specifically singled out for correction in God’s name. I pray you have not experienced this form of abuse, cloaked in self-righteousness and thinly veiled contempt. But just today, […]

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Windows

One of my mentors used to spin a yarn about a parishioner who once vacationed in Europe with her husband and another couple. The party of four decided on a whim to spend the night in one of those quaint B&Bs that make Americans glassy-eyed with nostalgia for the Old World. There was a babbling […]

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Roger That

A version of this essay was published in Presbyterians Today (Jan/Feb, 2015) under the title, “A Dying Wish.” A friend of a friend’s mother lay dying. I was urged to go immediately. As a visiting pastor, I received a brief scouting report: ninety-eight-years-old, one surviving daughter, terminal lung cancer, Italian Catholic. For my part, I was […]

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Who’s You Huntin’?

You are right from your side and I am right from mine. We’re both just one too many mornings and a thousand miles behind. ~ Bob Dylan He spoke as if he kept gravel hidden in the far recesses of his mouth. That’s the image that came to mind when I heard the old junkyard […]

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