How many times can a man turn his head?

In this season of social distancing, I decided to get healthy. There really wasn’t much else to do, if I’m being honest. I’ve eaten more vegetables in the past two months than I probably did all last year. I’ve never bought so much spinach or zucchini or asparagus....

Truth we don’t want, truth we need

Many of you know that Kate and I are taking care of a family farm in Patrick County, Va., on the NC border and close to Mt. Airy. It is where Kate’s mother Helen grew up. It is over 400 acres of cow pastures, hay fields, forests, springs, streams, and cropland....

Chicken pie and faithful women

On a phone call last week, a friend asked if I’d been cooking or baking anything interesting recently. This was a great question, because judging from my social media feeds, I’m not the only one trying out new recipes during this stay-at-home season! I told my friend...

Defining hope in a time of confinement

“If the spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.” “The creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but...

‘All the Lonely People’

Paul McCartney wrote it and asked it in his song back in 1966 called “Eleanor Rigby” (all our old hippies will recall with me that this Beatles song was in the Yellow Submarine film):   “All the lonely people Where do they all come from? All the lonely people,...

Life lessons on the Sinnissippi

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall...

A silent campus reminds us what church is

I went to my office today to do some necessary work that I couldn’t do from home. The ivy plant near my office looked droopy, in desperate need of water. I carried it down the hall past the Fred Horner Quiet Center that was too quiet. No women’s Bible...

So while you’re at home with the fam….

Since we all are seeing a lot more of our families lately, it reminded me of how Jesus’ hometown reacted to Jesus returning home, encountering the people that would assumedly have his back the most.  As you might guess, they were not so supportive of Jesus: Mark 6...

Resurrecting “Normal” – or Not?

Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but...

Drew Brees, not John Mayer

“I rise before dawn and cry for help; I put my hope in your words. My eyes are awake before each watch of the night, that I may meditate on your promise.” –Psalm 119.147,148 “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of...