“I wish I had met my big sister.” I was standing in the cemetery behind Salem Church in Lena, with my 12-year old son, Joshua. Salem Church is where I was serving as pastor 13 years ago yesterday, when my wife Christy gave birth to our first child. Caitlyn Marie Woosley was stillborn, in the … More Salem means Peace
I’ll assume you’re familiar with the ol’ “good cop, bad cop” routine. If you’re not, I’ll encourage you to turn on your television to find one of the many iterations of “Law and Order” currently playing at this minute (well, unless it’s past the bottom of the hour, in which case we’ve moved on to … More Good Church, Bad Church?
I’m sitting here, in my back yard, enjoying the blessings of technology: plinking away this post on my Super Tablet (that’s the Asus Transformer 300, which I will take over any iPad), streaming new music all over the yard, taking advantage of the waves of wireless internet that emanate from my kitchen. At the same … More A Day Like Any Other Day
I’m in the metropolis of Greenville, NY tonight. There are virtually no people in Greenville, but as I sit, learning still how to be silent before the Lord, it becomes clear to me that there must be 100,000 crickets and frogs here with me. We are not alone here. And the Lord is here, too, … More Kingdom of the Crickets
I’ve tried several times to write about this cultural moment, and my paralysis is perhaps best exemplified by my problem even finding a suitable shorthand name for all of this – because it is about so much more than Chick-Fil-A, and even the ongoing culture war in America. This moment is a symptom of several … More Losing Focus