April 29, 2016

The musician Prince Rogers Nelson (called Prince) died last week. Every generation has an artist(s) who breaks the mold and invites creative imagination, not only about an art form but about their society and humanity. For better or worse, depending on your perspective...

April 11, 2016

Jesus wasn’t the only would be messiah in the Jewish world. There were lots of them. Let me tell you about some of these messiahs. 


About the time of Jesus birth there was a man named Simon son of Joseph. He was a slave of Herod the Great. When Herod died, Simon claime...

March 9, 2016

The banter back and forth turned ugly quickly. Talk slid easily into name calling and condescension. As the conversation went on, few issues were discussed or solved, nothing was learned, and people were pitted against other people.


This could easily be a description o...

March 3, 2016

Primary elections or what is known as “Super Tuesday” was this week. Before and after the votes were counted news stations were saturated with commentary and statistics. The speeches of candidates were splashed across every screen. I heard the forceful, astonished, and...

February 24, 2016

 “Taste and see that the Lord is good…” the writer tells us in Psalm 34. What is he asking? In the same way that we relish and delight ourselves in really good food… in the same way we experience really great cuisine, so we should be in the presence and movement of our...

February 4, 2016

My high school years included watching The Late Show with David Letterman. He is a Hoosier who has a strange sense of humor and was (back then) “pushing the envelope” on late night television. My friends and I particularly loved his top ten lists. In fact I still love...

January 28, 2016

I am watching a fight. I officiated at their wedding years ago. They lived like newlyweds long after their wedded life was new. They went to football games, concerts, and took day trips. They worked hard and played hard. Then came their first beautiful child. A year an...

January 19, 2016

Once upon a time, before herniated vertebrae discs and pinched nerves, I was a gymnast, rock climber and trail runner. These sports stretched from childhood well into adulthood. As I started each, I loved to just go and take part. Eventually I realized there were new t...

January 6, 2016

While driving through Irvington this week, our son longingly stated, “At least there are a few Christmas lights left. I see some blue ones right now. I wish they would stay all the time.” In fact he wishes all that Christmas brings would stay all year long. But inevita...

December 16, 2015


Everywhere we turn, we hear the sounds of the season. Carols are playing in stores, on car radios, on loud speakers in public arenas, and in our homes. We know the words by heart because they have been planted there since our childhood. We learn through them about Jes...

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