Remembering Our Dragon Skin

It was around mid-January of 2020, back before my kitchen table became my full-time workspace. I was working at a real desk in my office, where the nonprofit organization that I work for coordinates a big annual conference in Poland. My co-worker stopped by to chat and mentioned that one...

Deeper Dimensions of Relational Intimacy: An Interview with Kelly Flanagan

As a pastor, I commonly encounter individuals and couples who desire deeper relationships, particularly with those who are closest to them. There are, of course, many challenges that stand in the way of such closeness, not least of which are our own selfish tendencies. Identifying and dealing with those tendencies...

A Frank Sinatra Christmas

At the dinner table during Advent about ten years ago, we were discussing the secularization of Christmas. My “indescribably beautiful” (and intelligent) wife suggested we should have two celebrations: a “winter holiday” for the masses who are more into Santa and materialism, and Christmas, for Christians. While I understand her...

My Encounter with Christopher Hitchens

Hundreds of Christians and atheists were pouring into the ballroom in Dallas, all eager to hear well-known “anti-theist” pundit Christopher Hitchens debate four prominent Christian apologists on the theme, “Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?” I was there to serve as moderator.

Relationship and Meaning

My birth on August 1, 1961, two months early, did not go well. Only three pounds and 11 ounces, I beat the odds and survived. But for the rest of my life I would carry the burden of cerebral palsy. Through the years I have often asked “Why?” and it...