“Boys, would you please pay attention”

Way back in the day when I was 12, my brother Bob and I sat in church on Sunday morning next to each other and made paper airplanes with our church bulletins. Or kicked each other in the leg. Or played “Rock, Paper, Scissors.” And, of course, we tried to carry off our antics without […]

Some things we hear or say are not gossip — really

“The words of a gossip are like choice morsels. They go down to the inmost parts.” Proverbs 18:8 —– Having had the privilege of counseling or mentoring hundreds of pastors, I know what a sacred trust I have been given. A few weeks back a pastor I’ve met with many times surprised me when he […]

Driving west through the mountains is good for the soul

—– It happens every time I drive west in the summer, heading for the Rocky Mountains. Somewhere near the Iowa-Nebraska border, my mind shifts into neutral. It happened again 3 weeks ago. Late in the afternoon of the first day of our 16-day jaunt, my wife and I pulled into O’Neill, Nebraska, in northeastern Nebraska, […]

One of my favorite morning prayers

The Rule of Saint Benedict is a set of directions for monastic life written by Benedict of Nursia in the 6th century in Italy. Nearly every week I am drawn to pray Benedict’s morning prayer. It has been rewritten in modern English by John McQuiston in his book Always We Begin Again – The Benedictive […]