Restart

It appears that 2013 was not the year of the blog. I’ve thought about it a lot, though. Should I maintain it again? Take it down? Do something else with the website? Is it worthwhile to hold on to something that was a strong interest for many years but seems to have fallen by the […]

Certiorari

Earlier today the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear oral arguments to review two constitutional challenges to the legality of the ban on recognition of same-sex couples, namely California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA). When the Supreme Court agrees to hear a case, it issues a writ of […]

Universalism

My wider Christian movement, the United Church of Christ, has announced a closer partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Association as two progressive faith communities committed to greater justice. Both movements share a common history: both the Unitarians and the Universalists in the U.S. were historically Congregationalist Christians who developed new theological traditions that rejected the […]

Equipment

Yesterday I wrote about how one needs to be critical about the tool used for a particular function, specifically as it pertains to technological equipment: computer, tablet, music player, etc. Yet beyond what we’re doing, how we’re doing it makes a big difference. The church I serve, like many churches I’ve worked with, will send […]

Tools

My iPad will probably never fully replace and take over my MacBook Pro. Likewise, my iPhone hasn’t fully replaced my second gen iPod (it’s still working!), I still use my iPhone 3GS in addition to my iPhone 4S, and I’m currently kicking around the idea of getting a Google Chromebook. And, wherever I go, I […]

Counterbalance

What about safety? When I was working as communications director for a regional church office in the Midwest, one of my internal goals was to make creating an online Web presence for each congregation in our territory a simple, easy process. In the end I was pleased with the work I did there, but I […]

Coffee

For much of the first two decades of my life I was criticized for a perceived inconsistency in my habits: I was a Lutheran who didn’t drink coffee. My distaste was simple. I simply didn’t like the taste of coffee. Despite the best efforts of many of my friends and family members — Lutherans and […]

December

December is, and has always been, my favorite month of the year. I love seeing all the Christmas decorations, the long nights that seem to elicit mystery and wonder, the feeling of curling up in a warm chair with a blanket and a mug of hot chocolate to warm myself. Oh, and midway through the […]

Imagination

This is the final post in a series inspired by a leatherette bookmark from my alma mater that I received a few years ago and use in whatever current novel I’m reading at the moment. It has the logo of the college along with the words Faith, Courage, Imagination. When I was a child, I was told […]

Courage

This is the second post in a series inspired by a leatherette bookmark from my alma mater that I received a few years ago and use in whatever current novel I’m reading at the moment. It has the logo of the college along with the words Faith, Courage, Imagination. A remark commonly attributed to Mark Twain, “Courage […]