Wedding Poem: ‘Old Books and Lullabies’

Our wedding ceremony was graced with a beautiful poem from poet-scholar bridesmaid Amy Leigh Wicks. You can find more of her writing here. Our poem is called “Old Books and Lullabies,” and it plays heartstrings....

/ March 22, 2018

Wedding Vows

After my marriage to the love of my life last year, numerous people have commented on our vows and asked to see them. I’m happy to share them, because they really are beautiful and true...

/ March 21, 2018

Writing Tracker – Week 11 (March 11 – 17)

Writers write. That’s the bottom line. Last week was definitely my weakest week in terms of time and output in 2018. It wasn’t planned. I just didn’t set aside enough time to write and, when...

/ March 20, 2018

Why the Church Needs to Care About Refugees

Through Moses, God ordered the Israelites to care for the aliens among them. The Israelites and the apostles were told to care for strangers. Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan. Every sermon you’ve...

/ March 19, 2018

The 14 Most Popular Hymns 100 Years Ago

Louis Fitzgerald Benson (1855–1930) was a lawyer-turned-pastor who lived most of his life in Philadelphia. He was also something of a musical historian and an expert in hymnology, charged with editing hymnals for the Presbyterian...

/ March 16, 2018

Understanding Syria on Another Anniversary of War: A Brief Reading List

Today marks the eighth year of the war in Syria. The conflict has produced some of the worst destruction and the most displaced people of any conflict in decades. It is the worst war, for its...

/ March 15, 2018

Look, Syria Is Still Happening

The war that started with protests-turned-violent in March 2011 enters its eighth year tomorrow. Its eighth year. Eight years is a long time. And it’s way longer when the threat of bombs, chemical weapons, kidnapping,...

/ March 14, 2018

Writing Tracker – Week 10 (March 4 – 10)

Writers write. That’s the bottom line. Last week, I wrote everyday, continued my streak of thousand-or-more-word days to 10 before taking a breather on Saturday. I started the week working on pieces for Christianity Today that...

/ March 13, 2018

Why the Church Has a Unique Role in Responding to Refugeeism

For thousands of years the people of God have been part of the ever-unfolding story of exiles and migrants in the world. We have been refugees, refugee-makers, and sources of refuge. This is no less...

/ March 12, 2018

Evangelism – Part 4: Evangelism Is Not Justice, Ecumenism, or Love

Welcome to a four-part series about what evangelism is and isn’t. In the first three pieces, I’ll look at why justice, ecumenism, and love are all components of evangelism. In the fourth piece, I’ll look...

/ March 10, 2018