Happy Thanksgiving!

As I write this it is early and quiet. I’m sitting in an empty old farmhouse outside of Vicksburg, MS drinking coffee and tending the fire. I’ve already brought up two arm loads of firewood from the back woodshed. It’s not that cold outside, but the brick floors and open air build of Becki’s childhood […]

Pandemics Are Wonderful?

If a title like that, about a subject fraught with angst, anger, heartache, frustration, and loss doesn’t get your attention, I don’t know what will. Years ago, in what seems another lifetime, I worked under an elder who was a highly trained and successful psychologist. In meetings and conversations, he occasionally referred to a medical […]

Flexibility & Adaptability!

Got a Minute? I know of a preacher who is doing a video series with the title Got a Minute? I love that idea and while I am not going to enter his territory with a video series of my own, I may very well share some writing with you under that guise in the future as well as today. So, Got a […]

Heaven Came Down

True Confession #1: I did not sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night or the night before or at any time I can really remember! That means I cannot claim to be an expert about anything. Except brokenness. I get brokenness. I get brokenness as the result of my own stupidity. I get brokenness […]

I Got Rhythm!

I Got Rhythm! Photo by Paulo Evangelista on Unsplash No one has ever accused me of having rhythm. I don’t sway in time with the beat very long before I am completely out of sync. I can’t clap along in a song without eventually becoming a distraction to others.  I love singing and usually go around with a […]

This Guy and Politics!

I grew up hearing the old saw “never talk about politics and religion at the dinner table” with the idea that the topics were too incendiary for polite company. Being a preacher’s kid kind of put the kibosh on the religion aspect—at least at our house. I have good memories of rich theological discussion and […]

Exploding Oatmeal Grace!

Photo by MILKOVÍ on Unsplash  (The following was originally published last year as a monthly column in the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, MS–I’ve made a few minor edits…Happy Thanksgiving to all! LFjr) At one point in my journey to become a published author, I was introduced to and subsequently retained a literary agent. His job was […]

ACU’s Summit & Still Wrestling

This past April, Leafwood Publishers released my new (first) book,  Still Wrestling–Faith Renewed Through Brokenness. It has been an amazing journey. Not only to write a book, but to survive, thrive, and find the kind of redemption, restoration, and reconciliation only our great God can bring. As I have written elsewhere and often, life can […]

The Gymnastic Flying Preacher?

Back in August I participated in a funeral service for a beloved friend in Hot Springs, AR. It was also an unplanned, unscheduled gymnastics competition. My sweet friend would have laughed out loud at my spectacular landing. In the vernacular, I stuck it hard. Here’s how it happened… I spoke passionately for about twenty minutes. […]

Benedict Judas–An Excerpt

After the double murder that shattered my life and the life of my family, I slowly began to heal. I had a lot of help when I chose to see it. God. Family. Friends. A new wife who is my partner in every way imaginable… I don’t remember it, but Becki tells me years ago […]

The Wheels On The Bus

My Cole was quite the funny guy.  He loved sports of every variety and could carry on a conversation about it.  But, his mental disabilities made him a contradiction in terms (aren’t we all?). To the day he died, he absolutely loved Barney the purple dinosaur. He was always up for one of the silly […]

The Great Physician!

(This particular article isn’t really about politics. But it is about my life and the profound changes that have taken place. This is my continuing story–this is about being in a brand new place, emotionally, spiritually, and otherwise…) This world, good old planet earth, is desperately broken. I am not talking about pollution or global […]

Ain’t No Rock

This coming Sunday is Palm Sunday. The week before Easter. For those who don’t follow the Christian calendar, Psalm Sunday may not mean as much as the Sunday that follows. But Palm Sunday is important.  And maybe more so than you realize. Where I preach, we will be handing out palm branches. They have symbolized […]

There Will Be A Day!

     I don’t know how many times I have spoken of it. Or written about it either. But over the years I have talked often about the hymn I’ll Fly Away. There is something quite compelling about the lyrics: Some glad morning when this life is o’er, I’ll fly away; To a home on […]

Tension

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks […]

People Are Strange… Weird Too!

In 1967, Jim Morrison and the Doors sang what would become a popular and enduring song: People Are Strange. Indeed. I have met some of them. To some, I probably am one of them. People are strange. Aren’t we all? Aside from the debate over who is strange and why they are, the lyrics themselves […]

Multiple Personalities Live Here!

The Resurrection & Grace. Grace & the Resurrection. I am currently preaching through the letter to Galatians on Sunday mornings. A long time ago I was captivated by a series of messages by Rick Atchley called We Be Free. I was so captivated that I listened and transcribed every single one of them—and then developed […]

The Write-Off

Yes, I know this months theme for Wineskins is about Casting a Biblical Vision for Healthy Sexuality. Rebel that I am, I am not writing about sex… However, the following has something to say about a healthy spirituality and that does have an impact on every facet of life, including the sexuality God created… It’s everybody’s favorite […]

R is for Redemption

Redeemed. Restored. Reconciled. How I love those three words. Each is different. But each is fundamentally intertwined. And when it comes to navigating change… honestly, I wonder how much heat the whole idea of changing anything would generate if we recognized the changes those three words spark in our walk with God (and his people […]