When I heard the news of David Crosby's death last January, memories came rushing back. The music of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young formed the soundtrack of my college years. "Our House is a very very very fine house," a song for Joni Mitchell, fed my romantic … [Read more...] about Graham Nash at the Birchmere April 19, 2023
I'm pleased to announce that I'll be speaking at a conference on Biblical Justice, sponsored by the John Leland Center for Theological Studies in Arlington, VA, and hosted by Memorial Baptist Church, also in Arlington. The two-day conference runs Friday and Saturday, June 9-10. I'll be speaking … [Read more...] about Connecting Biblical Justice, Human Rights, and Civil Rights
If you're coming over from the Leading Ideas podcast, welcome! I appreciate your interest in the work of pursuing justice for victims and and survivors of sexual abuse and misconduct. The Lewis Center for Church Leadership comes out of the United Methodist tradition. I welcome all partners in this … [Read more...] about Leading Ideas Talks
(Content warning: sexual assault) Yesterday two friends messaged me to ask: "Have you heard the news? The PCUSA announced the text for the Winter Ordination exam: Judges 19." While I have stepped aside from doing "hot takes" on breaking news about sexual assault, I am choosing to respond. … [Read more...] about PCUSA Ordination Exam on Judges 19
How do you celebrate a milestone birthday? Last summer as I enjoyed some friend's photos of NYC, I realized that it's been almost a decade since I visited the Big Apple. I decided my upcoming birthday was a perfect time to fix that! I made hotel reservations on Expedia and researched the … [Read more...] about NYC Weekend: Celebrating a Milestone Birthday
November 22, 2022 Dear Friends at Rock Creek — What a joyous occasion — a 200th anniversary! I send you my heartiest Congratulations and warmest Best Wishes. God has smiled upon the Rock Creek Church over the years, and I am happy to have served the saints there for six years in the 1990s. I … [Read more...] about Greetings to the Rock Creek Presbyterian Church (Tallula, IL) on their 200th Anniversary!
To celebrate our 38th wedding anniversary, Doug and I attended the Lady Gaga concert in Nationals Park in Washington, DC. Some 40,000 fans overflowed the ballpark on a sweltering August night. The Chromatica concert began late, at 9:00, and lasted a full 2 hours. The orchestration of video, … [Read more...] about Lady Gaga in Concert, DC Aug 2022
How often are you able to set foot in five different countries in one day? That's one reason why folks lined up for the European Union Embassy Tour 2022, which took place on May 14. When you enter an embassy you are technically on that country's soil. That reality came home when we passed through … [Read more...] about Embassy Tour 2022 — European Union
Every year the Embassies in Washington DC host an Embassy Tour on two Saturdays in May except, of course, for the last two pandemic years -- which means there was pent-up demand and excitement. May 7 was the reception for the non-European countries. May 14 was the EU's turn. We stepped foot … [Read more...] about Embassy Tour in DC, May 2022
(I just sent this as an email to my subscribers.) I love words. As the old year draws to an end, I choose a word that I hope will have resonance in the year ahead. I used to choose the words myself, but for the last few years I've embraced the idea of using a random word generator. My … [Read more...] about Choosing a Word for 2022, Happy New Year!
As you may already know, Doug and I are crossing the country in a truck camper. I'm chronicling our travels in a newsletter called Big Blue Adventures. I'm grateful that so many of you have subscribed! Generally my updates lag behind our adventures, but this week I caught up to Real Time. In the … [Read more...] about Happy New Year to You!
My latest book, THE #MeToo RECKONING, is now available in Korean. To see the new title, find the subtitled book trailer, or order the Korean translation, click here. … [Read more...] about UNTIL OUR WOUNDS HEAL