In the new year ahead, I am looking forward to serving pastors. Having faithful prayer and financial partners is so crucial to all we do. Because December always is the best month financially for Pastor-to-Pastor, I thank you in advance for your consideration of a generous year-end gift.… With deep gratitude, and a hope for a Merry Christmas!


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. 

I hope you’ll join me in this journey of faith.