Advent Shows that God is in Charge of All of History

Every Advent season I think of Sikolastiki from the Republic of Congo. Sikolastiki was a co-worker of my missionary friend Carolyn Butler who, along with her husband Ron, served 35 years in the Congo. In “Under African Skies – Reflections for Advent and Christmas,” Carolyn writes about Sikolastiki: “During the years I knew her, I […]

The most dramatic reveal party in history

Joseph was engaged to Mary when she told Joseph she was pregnant. Her “found to be pregnant by the Holy Spirit” explanation didn’t work for Joseph or surely his parents. I can only imagine how Mary might have broken the news to her parents. Equally, I can only imagine how Joseph broke the news to […]

Praying for the guys in the Circle K

On Sunday November 6 I sat in Living Faith Anglican Church in Tempe, Arizona, celebrating All Saints Day. The first Sunday in November many churches take time to celebrate and remember the saints of the church, past and present. I liked doing that. It reminded me where I came from and of those who poured […]

My sweet grandma was wrong about the Catholic Church

My October 9 column for the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, explains how those prayer times started and became such a vital part of my life. —–             Three blocks from my boyhood home in Hoxie, Kansas, was the St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church. Sidewalks circled the church building, weaving in and out of gardens behind the church. […]