I am teaching a class on emotionally healthy relationships this winter. Prepping for one of my classes, I remembered an assessment I took about 5 years ago by Jim Van Yperen, a church-conflict specialist. It’s […]
Galatians 5:16-17 in the New Living Translation perfectly describes the struggle we face every single day: 16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature […]
Author nails it with — The #MeToo Reckoning (Facing the Church's Complicity in Sexual Abuse And Misconduct)
After Reading Ruth Everhart’s 2016 “Ruined,” the powerful, painful memoir of her rape at gunpoint when she was a college student, I was touched by her courage to go on with her life. That compelled […]
Some time during my second year in college, I started writing in a journal to express my thoughts and emotions. I still write in my journal most mornings. One day during my sophomore year in college I began subscribing to the daily newspaper in Manhattan, Kansas — The Manhattan Mercury. I began reading the opinion page every day. reading some of the famous columnists of the day such as William Safire, Mike Royko, Jack Anderson and Russell Baker. Sometimes I read the columns out loud in my tiny third-floor apartment in.
And, well, not much has changed over the years. I write in my journal and I read the editorial page in the paper. Back in college, I loved to look up vocabulary words I didn’t know, and I still enjoy that, too.
As a young campus minister back in the 1980s I wrote essays in a newsletter to the friends and donors of my ministry. Sometime in the late 1990s, I had a chance to start writing a religion column for the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, here in Champaign-Urbana, IL, where I have now lived for 41 years. More than 750 columns later, I’m still writing them.
I write pretty much whatever I’m thinking about. Mostly I write about issues of faith.