Category: General

Ashes

“Be good,” my mom said as she hugged my neck and left me in the pew beside my grandparents. “And keep your hair away from the flame!” I heard her yell over shoulder as she made her way back to the organ, where she would stay for the rest of the Christmas Eve service. I was 6. “What did she…

2014 Top Ten

2014 has been a year of ups and downs not only for me, but for our country and world. I feel like I’ve said far too many goodbyes over the past year, heard too many stories of violence tearing families apart, and watched as political disputes exposed how nasty we can be to one another. But 2014 was also a…

My year with Sookie

On December 28, 2013, I flew from Louisville to Atlanta for the fourth year in a row, trying to get back in time for church the next day. But this particular year was different. This year, I rushed from the airport to MARTA to my car and on to my apartment in the cold rain hoping to make it back…

My last day at CBF

As I prepare to begin my last day at my current job, I can’t help ruminating over the last four years of meaningful and transformative work I’ve gotten to participate in at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Many of you may not know that I started work at CBF on a contract basis calling churches to remind them to order their…

Criticizing the service, missing out on worship: #FBF

This post was originally featured on Call and Response, a blog sponsored by Duke Divinity’s Faith & Leadership program. Two years after I wrote this post, I find myself searching for ways to extend learning and mentoring relationships so that there is a place for the young, energetic minister and the wise, seasoned minister (maybe even from different churches!) to…