I’ve broken a significant rule over the course of the pandemic... watching the news. Prior to mid-March, I mostly avoided the news. It can (and mostly is), depressing, partisan, and divisive. 

However, given our current circumstances, it’s important to stay up to date o...

There is a running saying in our house. Whenever we hear or see rain, Crystal immediately shouts out “I love the rain.” She says it for two reasons... first because it’s her “thing to say” (most everyone has a saying, don’t they?), and second because she actually does...

It’s hard to believe that we have not gathered together in person for seven weeks. With several more weeks of physical separation to continue, how things “used to be” becomes more and more of a distant memory. It’s clear this is different… different than anything we ha...

As the heart longs for the water springs,

So longs my soul for thee, O God.

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. May the blessing of God A...

Living on the Sewanee “Mountain” (it’s really a plateau) for three years changed my attitude towards silence. On the mountain, the silence is noticeable and loud, especially at night. In the still quiet, one can hear wildlife rustling from 100 yards away or more, or th...

I had a Zoom meeting recently with seminary friends. We’ve been checking in with each other on a regular basis, offering counsel to one another. It’s been a place to safely blow off steam with no judgement, of grace and understanding.

One friend who is the rector of a c...

In my early 20’s, before I got married, my dad and I went to Six Flags over Texas. My parents were living in Arlington at the time, and I had free passes. I told my dad that if we went, we had to ride the good rides. I didn’t want to waste my passes and us just walk ar...

When our daughter was just 4 years old, we noticed that she began snoring. This was no ordinary snoring. It was an earth-shattering, house-crumbling snoring… a snoring that could be heard three doors down from our duplex in Sewnaee. Keep in mind, she comes from a long...