Vocabulary Lesson

I recently read Amazing Grace, A Vocabulary of Faith, by Kathleen Norris and was captivated by her inspiration for writing the book. In the preface, she explains that when she decided to return to church after many years of questioning her faith, she realized that she’d need to brush up on her church vocabulary. So

A Pearl of Great Value

Radio stations often come up with gimmicks for contests and giveaways, and the one in West Lafayette, Indiana was no exception. It was the early 1990‘s when the Seattle grunge bands topped the charts and the station had coveted Pearl Jam concert tickets to offer. My youngest brother Jon was a big fan, even at

The Trouble with Blessings

I confess. I have a troubled relationship with blessings. That may be a shocking admission especially coming from a minister, but the truth is that I’m confused about what blessings really mean. When I was living in the South I quickly learned that the familiar “Bless your heart,” means something very different from what my

In Praise of Imagination

It was our fifteen year-old son’s turn to choose a family outing, and he suggested that the five of us see the Broadway hit The Book of Mormon which was playing just down the road at the Shubert Theater in New Haven. Admittedly, I knew very little about the critically acclaimed musical. Through the grapevine,