A Better Way

It’s early on Sunday morning on the last day of May of 2020 as I write this.  It’s been a year of pain and challenge of varying proportions for the people of the world. Since the beginning of March, we have been contending with an invisible virus of power the likes of which many of us have never experienced.  The … Read More

Matthew 25 and us

        It’s kind of a steady drumbeat in my head. “Eradicate systemic poverty. Dismantle structural racism. Build congregational vitality.” These simple, packed sentences are the foci of the Matthew 25 initiative in the PC(USA).  And my, does the world need the Church to attend to these things and in so doing, share the gospel. Our presbytery signed … Read More

For the Time Being

  Dear sisters and brothers, siblings in Christ, Yesterday’s national news concerning a declaration that churches are essential and that governors should require them to “re-open” provides the Presbytery of Wabash Valley an opportunity to reach out to our congregations to reiterate what we communicated in March and April and again in May:  the Book of Order is clear in … Read More

A Gracious Plenty

I love the  expression “a gracious plenty.”  It’s an idiom that means “a generous amount” or “an elegant sufficiency.” Used to describe a robust Thanksgiving meal or more than enough resources to engage, it’s a positive description.  (“My garden yielded a gracious plenty of spring flowers.”)  It’s not an expression to describe the massive amount of shifts, changes, adaptations, new … Read More

Test Groups and Other Things that Make Me Sad

  People who get to know me often comment that they experience me as a positive person. I naturally see and expect the good, the possible, the hopeful, particularly in people, but also in situations. I think that’s part of the reason that grave injustice, unkindness, inequity, and the potential for harm really stand out to me as well. Because … Read More

Now What?

On Friday, May 1, Governor Holcomb issued the state plan for re-entry for businesses and other organizations and activities by July 4th.  You can find a summary here: Back on Track Indiana. You may find this guide for places of worship to be helpful as well: https://www.backontrack.in.gov/files/BackOnTrack-IN_PlacesOfWorship.pdf The guidance of the presbytery’s Coordinating Council remains the same: we have voted … Read More

What does it mean to adapt?

  Susan Beaumont’s 2019 book “How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going” is helpful for any 21st century leader — and that includes leaders in a pandemic. ( I suggest the paperback version. Don’t faint from the price of the hardcover version.)  Full disclosure: it’s a highly technical read for church leaders, written by a brilliant church … Read More

Gentle Transitions

“Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.”                        Philippians 4:5 On June 5, 2020, I’ll celebrate my 37th anniversary of ordination. I’ve been ordained longer than I’ve been married, for more years than I’ve lived in any one location, significantly longer than the ages of my … Read More

Serving in Covid-19tide

It’s the week following Easter Sunday and we’re days into the season of Eastertide. We need reminders of resurrection hope at all times, and no less so in this COVID-19tide. This article is intended to answer some questions and to raise a few. I hope you’ll find something interesting, thought-provoking and helpful in here somewhere. QUESTIONS WE’RE BEING ASKED What’s … Read More

Calmly Plotting the Resurrection

  My favorite Holy Week illustration comes from author E.B. White (of Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web fame). It’s a story about White’s wife, author and editor, Katherine Sergeant Angell White.  In the introduction to one of her books, he reflected on her plans for a garden in a spring she would likely not experience, because of age and infirmity.  … Read More