Dentist Chairs and the Nearness of God

Dentist Chairs and the Nearness of God

God is Always with Me   “You’re doing great, Patty. We’re almost done.” His words brought hope but what I wanted to hear sounded more like “All done.” Why does thirty-six percent of the population fear the dentist? I’m not sure but I’m one of the thirty-six...
Are Dynamic Changes Coming To The Church In 2023?

Are Dynamic Changes Coming To The Church In 2023?

The calendar has turned over to 2023, and it is time for the obligatory look forward into the future of American Christianity. I am not a prophet, nor am I the son of a prophet (to paraphrase Amos). And, since I’m a Christian, I don’t believe in crystal balls. So,...
Failing Love

Failing Love

I can’t swim the ocean that’s growing between us The shores are too far apart Grover Levy, “When We Fail Love”   These words may be simple, but they are some of the saddest ever penned in contemporary Christian music. They bear witness to an intractable...
The Sufficiency of Jesus

The Sufficiency of Jesus

A Couple of weeks ago, I read Tish Harrison Warren’s excellent book Prayer in the Night.  In her writing, Warren is lovably—and, from a Baptist perspective, annoyingly—Anglican, which allows her to read her own spiritual journey through the lens of the church’s...
Lockdowns and Empty Tanks

Lockdowns and Empty Tanks

“Sorry ma’am. But you can’t leave. We’re on lockdown.” After traveling to Fort Worth to view an art exhibit called “From Heaven to Earth,” these words seemed out of place. But I did as I was told and took a seat in the common area. After texting my husband not to...