Heroin in the Heartland

I wrote this piece whe at the Bear River Writer's Conference in Northern Michigan. It was sponsored by the University of Michigan. It was a writing assigment from author and poet Thomas Lynch in response to a New York times Op Ed. Ryan was a clean, almost preppy kind-of-guy, who decided (for reasons we’ll never … Continue reading Heroin in the Heartland

Grumpy Preachers and PMS

GRUMPY PREACHERS & P.M.S. Probably the biggest faux pas of my professional ministry occurred the Monday that I forgot to have the church unlocked for the P.M.S. support group. I didn’t even know there was such a thing. Actually, at the time people were just beginning to talk openly about the condition that is in … Continue reading Grumpy Preachers and PMS

“Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water”

The Christmas story is that God crossed over to us so that we can cross over to Him. He accomplished that through a baby in a manger which has been the subject of more painting, books and songs than you could possibly imagine. in other words, the nativity is God's art; a thing of wonder and beauty. It invites us to cross over the troubled waters of life into a life of simple majesty.