God Never Fails…?

...or does He fail all the time? This is one of my more popular posts, but it was put on one of my other blogs. You can read it here: God Never Fails?

Naturally Not Compassionate

I am teaching a class in pastoral care and counseling at seminary. I decided to roleplay a hospital visit. I had one student to roleplay having a back injury with uncertain prognosis. Then I roleplayed a rather poor pastoral visit. I am pretty good at poor pastoral visits--- I just have to do what comes … Continue reading Naturally Not Compassionate

Updated Revision to Theo-Storying

I finally got around to revising Theo-Storying: Reflections on God, Narrative and Culture. I expanded one chapter, and added an entirely new chapter. The new chapter is on the use of stories for theological reflection. I also fixed a number of little errors from the earlier edition. Curiously, I was able to keep it the … Continue reading Updated Revision to Theo-Storying

Solomon’s Second Dream (a speculative story)

In Gibeon Solomon had his first dream. As he slept, God appeared to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon replied, “… Now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how … Continue reading Solomon’s Second Dream (a speculative story)


The Woodcarver saw it under a pile of premium woods to be turned into wooden utensils, statues, and a variety of tchotchkes for tourists. The pieces of wood always had character to them--- gnarled branches, hollow logs, and even stumps with roots. But one caught his attention. Perhaps it is a bad choice. It was … Continue reading Jonah

Developing a Theology of Death

Let's just face facts for a moment. EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS ARE UNCOMFORTABLE WITH DEATH Isn't that a crazy thought? We embrace a future and hopeful orientation. How could such an outlook ignore perhaps the most important milestone that each of us go through in the path into the future-- death?  Let me give a few anecdotal … Continue reading Developing a Theology of Death