books

The Magical Land of Writing a Book

Jane Smiley used to ride at the same barn where I took a few lessons in my youth. You know, Pulitzer prize winner Jane Smiley, author of a dozen NY Times bestsellers? That Jane Smiley. I groupie-stalked her from afar. She looked so… normal. I’d never read one of her books–I still haven’t, to be honest–but I was…… Continue reading The Magical Land of Writing a Book

Christian reflections

What to Do When There’s Not Much You Can Do * 10 Minute Devotional

When I lead the prayers of the people in church these days, they are long. There is a lot to mention. This week there will be more still. Some of the recent tragedies are halfway across the world. Others are a short drive away. Some make headlines. Others are privately mourned. Some involve hundreds. Others…… Continue reading What to Do When There’s Not Much You Can Do * 10 Minute Devotional

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Read the Fine Print (Soul Space Thursday)

Daryl and I did a crazy thing a couple of months ago. In a digitally-defined world, we subscribed to a newspaper. A real, honest-to-goodness, newsprint newspaper. You guys, it gets delivered to our house. I read it while I drink my coffee. If I run my fingers across its pages, they get smudged with ink. I know, right? We’re such…… Continue reading Read the Fine Print (Soul Space Thursday)

Christian reflections

Waking Up in Anxious Times * 10 Minute Devotional

The first church I pastored was in rural Wisconsin. Farm country. We lived on the town’s main thoroughfare, and our toddler son often stood glued to the front window watching tractors roll down the street. A man in our congregation heard that Daryl had never driven a tractor (why this surprised him I do not know, since Daryl grew…… Continue reading Waking Up in Anxious Times * 10 Minute Devotional