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Day Two of Holy Land Adventure

Today was the first day we actually went out to any sites. In other words, today we SAW Israel! We saw with our eyes, but not with eyes only. In fact, it feels obscene to try and put into words what we "saw" today. Not...

Day One of Holy Land Adventure

Well, it has been a long day! Actually, a long day and a half! We left Friday morning around 9 AM on a bus for Washington, DC. Since that time we have been on planes, trains, and automobiles (buses) for the last 32 hours. After...

Ministry is for Amateurs, not Professionals

One of my greatest fears is that my own pursuit of professional training for ministry might somehow become the paradigm for what my parishioners think ministry is. In other words, I don’t want to set myself as the standard that everyone else feels like they...

For All the Preachers & Believers Who Don’t Fit In

Two clichés keep me grounded whenever I find myself facing trouble. The first was reiterated in the opening words of M. Scott Peck’s seminal work The Road Less Traveled: “Life is difficult.” The second one sounds quite pretentious, but is one of the truths that...