Spaceship Earth: Is it Babel or Jerusalem?

Continuing the discussion on the Age of Design….My friend Joshua Long, while ruminating on the concept of the Age of Design, had 2 contrasting scriptures come to mind: The Tower of Babel and Nehemiah 1 (where Nehemiah prayerfully undertakes the task of restoring ruined Jerusalem)And that made me think of Spaceship Earth.  Yes, the ride … Continue reading Spaceship Earth: Is it Babel or Jerusalem?

A Time To Live (Meditation on Ecclesiastes 3:1-15, part 2)

Ecclesiastes teaches us how to die, but it also teaches us how to live.  Our life is a series of continual releases.  But our life is also a series of embraces, taking hold of that which is before us. In the Jewish tradition, the feast of Sukkot (going on right now), also known as the feast … Continue reading A Time To Live (Meditation on Ecclesiastes 3:1-15, part 2)

Author Interview: Steve McCutchan, author of A Star and a Tear

Watch out for those pastors who become authors. Not just me.  There are more of us out there.  Let me tell you about Steve McCutchan.  I knew of Steve while I lived in Winston-Salem; I had heard of his work with the Presbyterian Interracial Dialogue; I knew of his leadership in the Presbytery.  When Tammy … Continue reading Author Interview: Steve McCutchan, author of A Star and a Tear

A Time to Die (Meditation on Ecclesiastes 3:1-11, part 1)

Within the human heart there exists, though we try to deny it, a longing for permanence. The great poet John Keats wrestles with this longing in his most famous works:  “Bright star, Would I Were Steadfast as Thou Art” and “Ode to a Grecian Urn” reveal his yearning to be free from this world of … Continue reading A Time to Die (Meditation on Ecclesiastes 3:1-11, part 1)