Expanding Our Love

Expanding Our Love

When was the last time your love was expanded? Perhaps it was at a summer camp when you learned that someone very different from yourself would be a cabin mate. Perhaps it was during an act of service when you co-joined someone’s significant need with your equal and...
The Spirit of the Fourth

The Spirit of the Fourth

The Fourth of July is a nice oasis in the midst of summer — a certain languor about the day, hot weather, a cook-out perhaps, and fireworks in the evening. The day allows us to repose on the solid substance of America. We drift for a day, afloat on the core of our...
Where There’s a Will There’s a Way

Where There’s a Will There’s a Way

Nothing in all of life is more gripping than thinking about one’s death. Much of what we do, or don’t do, is in response to the reality that one day we will all die. But in the face of this reality, Christians declare that death is not the last word in our existence....
More Rocks in the River

More Rocks in the River

“We need more rocks in the river!” Billy, an older and wiser fly-fisherman, used to say that as we approached the Linville River in North Carolina. What he meant was that we needed more stability as we walked upstream. He also meant that in our world, with its...
Oceanside Devotion

Oceanside Devotion

The oceans and rivers of Florida got in my blood early. Even though we grew up slightly inland, water was everywhere, as far as the eye could see — rivers running, waves rolling, inviting fishing holes and cool eddies. For many years, Valerie, the girls and I went on...
Surrounded by the Spirit

Surrounded by the Spirit

Theologian John S. Dunne tells of a group of early Spanish sailors who reached the continent of South America after an arduous voyage. Their caravels sailed into the headwaters of the Amazon, an expanse of water so wide the sailors presumed it to be a continuation of...