2024-07-14 Finished Reading: Where the Deer and the Antelope Play by Nick Offerman πŸ“š

2024-07-03 Today, after seventeen years in Richmond, VA, our family packed up our belongings for a big move to …

2024-07-01 Finished Reading: Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders πŸ“š


2024-06-03 Yesterday was my last Sunday as the pastor of Christ Pres. My heart is full of gratitude for the …

2024-06-02 Finished Reading: The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben πŸ“š






2024-03-28 Finished Reading: Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer πŸ“š

2024-03-25 Finished Reading: Into the Heart of Romans by N. T. Wright πŸ“š

2024-03-11 Finished Reading: A Dream That Came to Life by Howard Hovde πŸ“š



2024-02-14 Finished Reading: How to Know a Person by David Brooks πŸ“š

2024-02-09 😐


2024-01-30 Finished Reading: The Social Animal by David Brooks πŸ“š


2024-01-28 Finished Reading: Sin and Salvation by Lesslie Newbigin πŸ“š

2024-01-27 Saturday morning birding

2024-01-26 πŸ˜”

2024-01-25 Finished Reading: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis πŸ“š

2024-01-25 Finished Reading: Redemptive Poverty Work by Alvin Sanders πŸ“š

2024-01-23 Finished Reading: God of All Things by Andrew Wilson πŸ“š




2023-12-27 Finished Reading: Justice by Nicholas Wolterstorff πŸ“š


2023-12-24 Finished Reading: Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver πŸ“š


2023-12-19 😐

2023-12-13 Finished Reading: King: A Life by Jonathan Eig πŸ“š

2023-12-13 New pup.

2023-12-11 Finished Reading: Notes for a Postlude by Jeremiah Webster πŸ“š

2023-12-07 Welp.

2023-12-05 Finished Reading: No Cure for Being Human: And Other Truths I Need to Hear by Kate Bowler πŸ“š

2023-12-03 Finished Reading: Hope Against Hope by Richard Bauckham πŸ“š

2023-11-30 Finished Reading: Morning and Evening Prayers by Cornelius Plantinga πŸ“š


2023-11-27 Finished Reading: From Strength to Strength by Arthur C. Brooks πŸ“š


2023-11-14 Finished Reading: Standing on the Promises by Lewis B. Smedes πŸ“š


2023-11-13 Finished Reading: George MacDonald by C. S. Lewis πŸ“š


2023-10-16 Finished Reading: Ecclesiastes by Peter Enns πŸ“š

2023-10-13 Finished Reading: Sailing Alone Around the Room by Billy Collins πŸ“š


2023-09-23 Our friend, Amy Julia Becker, keeping it real.

2023-09-15 Finished Reading: Christ Our Salvation by John Webster πŸ“š

2023-09-13 This continues to be good advice.

2023-09-07 I just received an email promotion for a sermon-writing AI program, promising: “Infinite …


2023-09-04 Labor Day

2023-08-30 Finished Reading: Waiting for God by Simone Weil πŸ“š

2023-08-29 Finished Reading: How to Stay Married by Harrison Scott Key πŸ“š

2023-08-24 Finished Reading: Hearing the Message of Ecclesiastes by Christopher J. H. Wright πŸ“š

2023-08-24 An unexpected limpkin hanging out in Richmond, VA.


2023-08-14 The love of our neighbor is the love which comes down from God to man. It precedes that which rises …

2023-08-10 Finished Reading: The Lord’s Prayer by Wesley Hill πŸ“š


2023-08-06 Finished Reading: The Message of Ecclesiastes by Derek Kidner πŸ“š








2023-07-18 Finished Reading: 2084: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity by John C. Lennox πŸ“š


2023-06-24 Finished Listening: Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story by Bono πŸ“š

2023-06-22 Finished Reading: On Hope by Josef Pieper πŸ“š

2023-06-21 Finished Reading: Thoughts In Solitude by Thomas Merton πŸ“š

2023-06-14 Finished Reading: Barth In Conversation: Volume 1, 1959-1962 by Karl Barth πŸ“š

2023-06-12 Finished Reading: Stranger God by Richard Beck πŸ“š

2023-06-06 Finished Reading: The Good Shepherd by Lesslie Newbigin πŸ“š

2023-06-05 Monday morning birding.

2023-05-29 Chocolate situation in Waco, TX.

2023-05-19 So many feelings.

2023-05-13 Finished Reading: Ordered by Love by Thomas M. Ward πŸ“š


2023-05-02 Some of you might know Aaron Belz. His beloved daughter, Natalie, passed away unexpectedly at 23. …


2023-04-13 A walk in the woods.

2023-04-12 Finished Reading: He by Robert A. Johnson πŸ“š

2023-04-08 Finished Reading: Heat 2 by Michael Mann πŸ“š

2023-04-07 Karl Rahner via Wesley Hill.


2023-03-29 Finished Reading: The Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis πŸ“š

2023-03-29 Finished Reading: The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis πŸ“š

2023-03-28 Finished Reading: The Humility of the Eternal Son by Bruce Lindley McCormack πŸ“š

2023-03-25 Saturday morning birding.

2023-03-23 Finished Reading: Lent by Esau McCaulley πŸ“š

2023-03-23 Finished Reading: Strange New World by Carl R. Trueman πŸ“š

2023-03-18 Finished Reading: Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor πŸ“š

2023-03-09 Finished Reading: Spurgeon on the Christian Life by Michael Reeves πŸ“š

2023-03-06 In search of the red-headed woodpecker

2023-03-01 Finished Reading: The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff πŸ“š

2023-02-27 Monday morning birding

2023-02-17 Finished Reading: The Soul of Desire: Discovering the Neuroscience of Longing, Beauty, and Community …


2023-02-16 Maymont

2023-02-10 Finished Reading: Recitatif by Toni Morrison πŸ“š

2023-02-09 Finished Reading: And There Was Light by Jon Meacham πŸ“š

2023-02-08 Finished Reading: Shoutin’ in the Fire: An American Epistle by DantΓ© Stewart πŸ“š

2023-02-07 I got my eyes checked today. They are healthy and my vision is pretty good, but it’s time for …

2023-02-07 Finished Reading: The Death of Politics by Peter Wehner πŸ“š

2023-02-06 Monday morning birding

2023-02-05 Finished Reading: A Black Theology of Liberation by James H. Cone πŸ“š

2023-02-02 Finished Reading: On Marriage by Timothy Keller πŸ“š

2023-01-31 Finished Reading: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow πŸ“š

2023-01-29 A hint of a rainbow over the canyon this morning, after last night’s showers.


2023-01-27 A few more from Laity Lodge.

2023-01-27 First time at Laity Lodge. Special place.

2023-01-23 Monday evening

2023-01-19 Finished Reading: Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham πŸ“š

2023-01-14 Finished Reading: Wrestling with God by Ronald Rolheiser πŸ“š

2023-01-12 Finished Reading: The Soul of America by Jon Meacham πŸ“š

2023-01-12 Finished Reading: Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil …


2023-01-09 Finished Reading: The God of Faith and Reason by Robert Sokolowski πŸ“š

2023-01-09 Monday morning birding

2023-01-08 Finished Reading: With by Skye Jethani πŸ“š

2023-01-08 Finished Reading: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson πŸ“š


2023-01-02 Monday morning birding

2022-12-29 Searching for sandhill cranes

2022-12-28 Somewhere in the Texas Hill Country

2022-12-27 Johnson City, TX situation.

2022-12-14 Finished Reading: The Life We’re Looking For: Reclaiming Relationship in a Technological World …

2022-12-13 Finished Reading: Uncommon Gratitude by Joan Chittister πŸ“š

2022-12-10 Finished Reading: The Homiletical Plot, Expanded Edition: The Sermon as Narrative Art Form by Eugene …

2022-12-10 Finished Reading: Spiritual Letters by Abbot John Chapman πŸ“š

2022-12-07 Finished Reading: The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People by …

2022-12-05 Monday morning birding.

2022-11-29 Finished Reading: Care of the Souls in the Classic Tradition by Thomas C. Oden πŸ“š

2022-11-28 This morning a friend and I went to Piney Grove Preserve, in search of red-cockaded woodpeckers. …

2022-11-10 Finished Reading: Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger πŸ“š

2022-11-03 The James River was so smooth this morning.


2022-11-02 Aaron Belz continues to keep it real.


2022-11-01 Morning commute




2022-10-28 πŸ˜”

2022-10-27 Finished Reading: Being Human: Bodies, Minds, Persons by Rowan Williams πŸ“š



2022-10-14 This is exciting news.

2022-10-13 A Day in the Life - Richmond, VA - 4:06 p.m.

2022-10-11 Finished Reading: The Little Book of Gratitude by Robert Emmons πŸ“š


2022-10-06 This guy’s chillin in my backyard.

2022-10-05 This stuff is just lying around out there.

2022-10-04 Finished Reading: Open by Andre Agassi πŸ“š

2022-10-03 Finished Reading: Paul and the Power of Grace by John M. G. Barclay πŸ“š

2022-09-30 Thursday morning birding.

2022-09-22 Evening stroll with my beloved.

2022-09-22 Finished Reading: Truth We Can Touch by Tim Chester πŸ“š

2022-09-19 Finished Reading: We Built Reality: How Social Science Infiltrated Culture, Politics, and Power by …

2022-09-15 Wow.

2022-09-09 Thomas Merton (Thoughts in Solitude): My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see …

2022-09-03 A view from Humpback Rock.

2022-08-26 James Cone: It was not my task to interpret the gospel in a form acceptable to white racists and …

2022-08-25 This is the view from Richmond Hill, where I spent the morning planning and praying before returning …

2022-08-25 Finished Reading: The Flourishing Pastor by Tom Nelson πŸ“š

2022-08-24 Finished Reading: The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember by Fred Rogers …

2022-08-21 Finished Reading: The Doomsters by Ross MacDonald πŸ“š


2022-08-16 Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid. -Frederick …

2022-08-16 Somehow I missed that Frederick Buechner died yesterday. I’m so thankful for his life and …

2022-08-15 Churches must become communities that cultivate radical hope. How do we go about this? There’s no …

2022-08-10 Finished Reading: Prayer by Timothy Keller πŸ“š

2022-07-31 Finished Reading: The Chill by Ross Macdonald πŸ“š

2022-07-30 You know what’s freeing? Not having email on my phone.

2022-07-29 Never forget.

2022-07-29 RVA


2022-07-28 Finished Reading: Blue City by Ross Macdonald πŸ“š

2022-07-26 Finished Reading: The Drowning Pool by Ross MacDonald πŸ“š

2022-07-23 Finished Reading: The Moving Target by Ross Macdonald πŸ“š

2022-07-22 Say hello to my little friends.





2022-07-19 San Juan, PR


2022-07-17 Everglades National Park

2022-07-08 I commend to you this talk by my old friend, Dave Lincicum, on whether a Christian can own a gun. …

2022-07-08 Wendell Berry (Entries, 1994), keeping it real:

2022-06-30 Some put it on the Devil when they fall short. / I put it on my ego, lord of all lords. / Sometimes …

2022-06-28 TX sunrise

2022-06-24 Well, I have COVID. Again. πŸ˜”

2022-06-23 Morning view.

2022-06-21 Port Mansfield

2022-06-21 Mars (very faint), Jupiter, and the Moon, soon to be joined by the Sun. Venus is offscreen to the …

2022-06-20 Hidden horizon.

2022-06-16 Holds up.

2022-06-15 Finished Reading: Moby-Dick: or, The Whale by Herman Melville πŸ“š

2022-06-09 David Brooks, keeping it real: The core problem here is not the minutiae of who texted what to …

2022-06-03 Time with friends.



2022-05-07 Finished Reading: Why Read Moby-Dick? by Nathaniel Philbrick πŸ“š

2022-04-26 Finished Reading: Christ Is Time: The Gospel according to Karl Barth (and the Red Hot Chili Peppers) …

2022-04-21 Finished Reading: This Is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan πŸ“š

2022-04-19 Finished Reading: Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow πŸ“š

2022-04-16 Holy Saturday Halo


2022-04-09 Finished Reading: Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life by Zena Hitz πŸ“š

2022-03-29 Finished Reading: Leaf by Niggle by J.R.R. Tolkein πŸ“š

2022-03-26 Finished Reading: A Letter to My Congregation by Ken Wilson πŸ“š


2022-03-17 Finished Reading: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi πŸ“š

2022-03-11 Finished Reading: The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel πŸ“š

2022-03-09 Finished Reading: The Country of Marriage: Poems by Wendell Berry πŸ“š

2022-03-06 Finished Reading: The Good of Giving Up: Discovering the Freedom of Lent by Aaron Damiani πŸ“š

2022-02-15 Finished Reading: The Dark Hours by Michael Connelly πŸ“š

2022-02-08 “The moon is pretty terrific, but not for worshiping.” - Christopher Walken


2022-02-05 Finished Reading: Domestic Monastery by Ronald Rolheiser πŸ“š

2022-01-30 Finished Reading: A Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helprin πŸ“š

2022-01-25 Finished Reading: Finally Comes The Poet by Walter Brueggemann πŸ“š

2022-01-25 An incomplete list of reasons some Christians still aren’t vaccinated, with responses: …

2022-01-24 Finished Reading: Teams That Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership by Ryan T. …

2022-01-21 Finished Reading: Called to Witness: Doing Missional Theology by Darrell L. Guder πŸ“š

2022-01-20 Here come the geese.

2022-01-19 Finished Reading: Who Is God?: Key Moments of Biblical Revelation by Richard Bauckham πŸ“š

2022-01-12 Finished Reading: Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by …

2022-01-11 VA cases by vaccination status.

2022-01-06 Finished Reading: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe πŸ“š

2022-01-04 Finished Reading: Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces by Michael Chabon πŸ“š

2022-01-03 Finished Reading: Freedom: A Novel by Jonathan Franzen πŸ“š

2021-12-31 Finished Reading: Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman πŸ“š


2021-12-27 Very cold, beautiful morning at Mission Ridge in WA.


2021-12-18 Finished Reading: Falling: A Novel by T. J. Newman πŸ“š

2021-12-17 Finished Reading: East of Eden by John Steinbeck πŸ“š

2021-12-16 Finished Reading: Abraham’s Silence by J. Richard Middleton πŸ“š

2021-12-13 Finished Reading: Advent: The Once and Future Coming of Jesus Christ by Fleming Rutledge πŸ“š

2021-12-11 Finished Reading: Bewilderment: A Novel by Richard Powers πŸ“š

2021-12-01 Finished Reading: On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed πŸ“š

2021-11-30 Finished Reading: Destroyer of the gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World by Larry …

2021-11-29 Finished Reading: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck πŸ“š

2021-11-29 Finished Reading: The Overstory: A Novel by Richard Powers πŸ“š




2021-11-19 why death is bad: a primer for Christians

2021-11-13 Finished Reading: Grant by Ron Chernow πŸ“š

2021-11-09 Finished Reading: How the Bible Actually Works by Peter Enns πŸ“š

2021-11-05 Finished Reading: Christianity’s Surprise by C. Kavin Rowe πŸ“š

2021-10-31 Finished Reading: Christ and Calamity: Grace and Gratitude in the Darkest Valley by Harold Senkbeil …

2021-10-25 “Much of what is distinctive about American evangelicalism is not essential to Christianity,” …

2021-10-24 Finished Reading: Reading for Preaching: The Preacher in Conversation with Storytellers, …

2021-10-24 Finished Reading: All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy πŸ“š

2021-10-14 Finished Reading: The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate by John H. …

2021-10-09 Finished Reading: The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West …

2021-10-08 Finished Reading: David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm …

2021-10-08 I hate Halloween.

2021-09-30 Finished Reading: 1776 by David McCullough πŸ“š





2021-09-14 Finished Reading: The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris πŸ“š

2021-09-13 Finished Reading: The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry: How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Spiritually …

2021-09-08 Finished Reading: The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance …

2021-09-06 Finished Reading: The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It by …

2021-09-06 Finished Reading: Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared DiamondπŸ“š

2021-09-05 good advice


2021-08-29 David French, keeping it real.

2021-08-24 Finished Reading: Mere Christianity by C. S Lewis πŸ“š

2021-08-24 Finished Reading: How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America by …


2021-08-18 Finished Reading: Reparations: A Christian Call for Repentance and Repair by Duke L. Kwon and …

2021-08-13 Finished Reading: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson πŸ“š

2021-08-11 Finished Reading: Drive by Daniel H. Pink πŸ“š

2021-08-10 Finished Reading: A Promised Land by Barack Obama πŸ“š

2021-08-07 Finished Reading: Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved by Kate Bowler πŸ“š

2021-08-06 Recall that Britney Spears is an anagram of presbyterians.

2021-08-06 “In one sense there aren’t any great depths to the Christian life – no mystical doctrines to …


2021-08-02 Finished Reading: A World Without Email: Reimagining Work in an Age of Communication Overload by Cal …

2021-08-01 Finished Reading: The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates πŸ“š

2021-07-28 practice

2021-07-27 Finished Reading: Prayer: The Cry for the Kingdom by Stanley J. Grenz πŸ“š

2021-07-26 Finished Reading: “Let the Monster Perish”: The Historic Address to Congress of Henry …

2021-07-26 Finished Reading: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles πŸ“š

2021-07-25 Finished Reading: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni πŸ“š

2021-07-24 Finished Reading: Christianity and race prejudice: two discourses delivered in the Fifteenth Street …

2021-07-23 the best

2021-07-23 Finished Reading: Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy, Book 1) by C.S. Lewis πŸ“š

2021-07-21 Finished Reading: When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink πŸ“š

2021-07-20 Finished Reading: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl πŸ“š

2021-07-19 This response from Kwon and Thompson is a necessary read, especially if you already read …

2021-07-18 Finished Reading: The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in …

2021-07-15 Finished Reading: How to Fight Racism: Courageous Christianity and the Journey Toward Racial Justice …

2021-07-14 Adam Neder, keeping it real.

2021-07-13 Finished Reading: The Grapes Of Wrath by John Steinbeck πŸ“š

2021-07-13 Finished Reading: Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation by Latasha …

2021-07-11 Finished Reading: The Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis πŸ“š

2021-07-10 Finished Reading: The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis πŸ“š

2021-07-10 Finished Reading: Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin πŸ“š

2021-07-09 Finished Reading: The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall πŸ“š

2021-07-08 Finished Reading: Native Son by Richard Wright πŸ“š

2021-07-08 Finished Reading: The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by …

2021-07-05 Finished Reading: The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life by David Brooks πŸ“š

2021-07-03 Finished Reading: No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy πŸ“š

2021-07-03 Finished Reading: The Road to Character by David Brooks πŸ“š

2021-06-30 Finished Reading: I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin …

2021-06-30 Finished Reading: The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt πŸ“š

2021-06-30 Finished Reading: Clergy Renewal: The Alban Guide To Sabbatical Planning by Richard Bullock πŸ“š

2021-06-30 Finished Reading: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond πŸ“š

2021-06-29 Finished reading: Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt …

2021-06-29 Finished reading: Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover πŸ“š

2021-06-23 Yesterday’s sunset

2021-06-20 In the narrows

2021-06-12 It’s still here.

2021-05-29 Currently reading: A Promised Land by Barack Obama πŸ“š

2021-05-29 Currently reading: The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall πŸ“š


2021-05-11 I’m getting to this late but want to commend this article by Corey Widmer about the humility …

2021-04-29 Who cooks for you?

2021-04-27 finches in the fern

2021-04-12 Here’s a little book review I wrote.

2021-04-11 Eastern Phoebe in TX

2021-03-25 Thursday morning.

2021-03-20 Currently reading: Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman πŸ“š

2021-03-18 Currently reading: The Shape of Death, by Jaroslav Pelican πŸ“š

2021-03-16 Wesley Hill, keeping it real.

2021-03-09 Finished Reading: Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in …


2021-03-01 Walk in the fog.



2021-02-19 Friday night light.


2021-02-18 On the move.

2021-02-16 A prayer inspired by Hebrews

2021-02-14 A prayer for this day, by Pete Greig.

2021-02-07 Sunday evening.

2021-02-03 Currently reading: Humility by Andrew Murray πŸ“š

2021-02-01 The best revenge is not to be like that. -Marcus Aurelius

2021-01-31 First decent snow of the season.

2021-01-30 morning well spent

2021-01-28 I’ve been listening to a lot of Haydn recently. Holds up.

2021-01-26 Discard your thirst for books, so that you won’t die in bitterness, but in cheerfulness and …

2021-01-25 Currently reading: Meditations, by Marcus AureliusπŸ“š

2021-01-24 I’ve now watched all of Steve McQueen’s Small Axe anthology. Highly recommend!

2021-01-21 Spent some time today reorganizing my study at church.

2021-01-20 Two quotations on form


2021-01-16 Currently reading: Laurus by Vodolazkin πŸ“š

2021-01-15 mood

2021-01-08 Currently reading: Barth In Conversation: Volume 1, 1959-1962 by Karl Barth πŸ“š

2021-01-06 Aaron Belz continues to delight.

2021-01-05 The sky is doing some wonderful things over Richmond, VA this afternoon.

2021-01-05 Currently reading: No Future Without Forgiveness by Desmond Tutu πŸ“š

2021-01-05 Currently reading: The Courage To Suffer: A New Clinical Framework For Life’s Greatest Crises …

2021-01-02 One year ago today on the San Antonio River Walk.

2020-12-30 Jesus Christ means that God cares extremely, decisively, inclusively, immediately for the ordinary, …

2020-12-29 Lunar situation

2020-12-28 Luther was once asked how in the world the bread and wine could be the true (and not just the …

2020-12-27 Since March, this field has been our sanctuary.

2020-12-27 The Brilliance, keeping it real.

2020-12-27 Currently reading: The Art of Pastoring: Ministry Without All the Answers by Hansen, David πŸ“š

2020-12-25 It’s come to this.

2020-12-25 One of the more interesting gifts occasioned by this day.

2020-12-24 Currently reading: Red Mars (Mars Trilogy) by Robinson, Kim Stanley πŸ“š

2020-12-23 Our Eve of Christmas Eve fire at the church was significant.

2020-12-22 Somehow I didn’t know about Malcolm Guite until yesterday.

2020-12-21 This red-shouldered hawk let me get surprisingly close.

2020-12-21 Two Carolina wrens live somewhere along the fence line in my backyard. I see them daily, and this …


2020-12-16 Our Philip

2020-12-14 Leaves in a parking lot

2020-12-14 Thanks to Alan Jacobs for this wisdom about sifting the words and testing the spirits.

2020-12-10 another bluebird

2020-12-10 I love this poem.

2020-12-10 Eastern bluebirds in flight

2020-12-08 Bald Eagle seen on a walk yesterday evening

2020-12-03 [I]n sum, Dreher has produced a historically reductive, relationally tribal, intellectually …

2020-11-30 Man’s real work is to look at the things of the world and to love them for what they are. That …

2020-11-29 It was recently brought to my attention that an album I played drums on in college (rock band …

2020-11-28 There were sights to behold on our walk around the city today.

2020-11-27 A while back I gave up on Evernote and have since been using the native Notes app on Mac and iOS. …

2020-11-27 Currently reading: Advent: The Once And Future Coming Of Jesus Christ by Fleming Rutledge πŸ“š

2020-11-27 Today I finished reading my 29th book of the year, which puts me well behind 2019 but well beyond …

2020-11-26 Happy Thanksgiving

2020-11-26 I have taken in the light / that quickened eye and leaf. / May my brain be bright with praise / of …

2020-11-12 lotta yellow

2020-11-11 I love that place where Robert Farrar Capon tells his readers that God “has all our messes …

2020-11-11 Someone broke into the church shed last night and stole a gas can and a leaf blower. May they be put …

2020-11-10 Yesterday we took our 13yo+ dog to the vet for the first time ever (😬) and I’m happy to report she’s …

2020-11-10 I’ve been trying out Lectio 365 for the past several days, and so far it’s been really …

2020-11-10 Currently reading: Hearers and Doers: A Pastor’s Guide to Making Disciples Through Scripture …

2020-11-10 Currently reading: When I was a child I read books by Marilynne Robinson πŸ“š

2020-11-10 Currently reading: Dune (Dune Chronicles, Book 1) by Herbert, Frank πŸ“š

2020-11-03 I just noticed two squirrels chasing one another around a tree. They seemed unconcerned.

2020-11-03 Voted. Felt good.

2020-09-20 Being watched

2020-09-07 Fiery Skipper πŸ’«

2020-09-05 Hackberry Emperor

2020-09-01 variegated fritillary πŸ’«

2020-08-29 Common Buckeye

2020-08-25 The gospel of Jesus Christ is more political than anyone imagines, but in a way that no one guesses. …

2020-08-24 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

2020-08-17 Red Admiral

2020-08-17 First backyard monarch of the year

2020-08-17 Texas

2020-08-16 Richmond 😍

2020-08-09 Any justice that’s only justice soon degenerates into something less than justice. Cornel West





2020-07-13 on the road

2020-07-11 Gray Hairstreak

2020-07-09 backyard zebra swallowtail


2020-07-06 happy mail day

2020-07-05 One way and the other on July 4

2020-07-02 The matter is quite simple. The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of …

2020-06-27 Saturday

2020-06-26 Two-lined Spittlebug

2020-06-25 at the first impulse

2020-06-23 I drove up to DC today.

2020-06-21 Praying the Psalms

2020-06-17 Great Spangled Fritillary

2020-06-14 European hornet

2020-06-13 Eastern tiger swallowtail

2019-09-11 If Christianity taken as a whole is indeed an entirely coherent and credible system of belief, then …

2019-09-06 For some time now I’ve had email and safari off my iPhone, and I’ve found this to be both extremely …

2019-09-04 Hey everybody, just let me know if you want me to play drums in your band.

2019-08-29 I miss Books & Culture.


2019-08-24 A big part of being a Christian is just helping other people move.

2019-02-18 [T]o be is to have a role in the story of Jesus. Robert Jenson


2019-02-01 Turtles all the way down. And then the hot dog man.

2019-01-31 Man I’m loving this book.

2019-01-28 The message of the church is a specific word; if the church does not get this word said, all other …

2019-01-26 RVA all day.


2019-01-23 Faith is not a second-class substitute for knowledge: it is the indispensable precondition for …

2019-01-14 Icy tree.

2019-01-14 church

2019-01-10 Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 holds up, you guys.

2019-01-07 Yesterday’s sunrise and this evening’s sunset. No filter.

2018-12-31 I’ll probably end the year sleeping.

2018-12-29 A few more from our day in NYC.

2018-12-27 You guys.

2018-12-27 First time back to the city since 2007.


2018-12-12 The charge of chronological snobbery can cut both ways.

2018-12-10 The angel of the Lord is not the pre-incarnate Jesus, but the resurrected Jesus, who, having …

2018-12-09 Lover of snow.

2018-12-09 I love these letters from Ken Myers. They get their own file.


2018-12-05 The Word, who was with God in the beginning, is the One who is with us here and now, a Light in the …

2018-12-03 This is the largest one I’ve seen.

2018-11-27 That one’s just showing off.

2018-11-26 A fitting way to ring in Advent

2018-11-26 I turned 40 a few weeks ago, and, you guys, it’s as good as they say.

2018-11-26 There is such a thing as a poorly written, good book. I’m reading one now.

2018-11-25 So many drum sets out there have been preached in front of.

2018-11-24 β€œβ€˜How is it possible for God to be a human being?’ someone asks. God is quite competent, believers …

2018-11-23 The Bruce Lees of Love

2018-11-22 I trust you all are reading Fleming Rutledge.

2018-11-19 Welp.

2018-11-17 β€œAdvent is definitely not for sissies.” - Fleming Rutledge

2018-11-14 Some of my Christian neighbors have already decorated for Christmas. πŸ˜”

2018-11-13 About to get real.

2018-11-12 I love the stuff The Bible Project is putting out.


2018-11-01 Reading Barth, I’m often overwhelmed with gratitude at the goodness of God.

2018-10-23 Our church had its annual Harvest Party, and the bonfire did not disappoint.

2018-10-09 Barth never gets far in the CD without proclaiming good news.



2018-10-03 This morning two brown thrashers were literally thrashing around in my backyard.

2018-09-29 β€œPeople who bore one another should meet seldom; people who interest one another, often.” -C.S. …

2018-09-29 On this glorious Saturday I’m catching up on Mars Hill Audio and wishing someone else would mow the …

2018-09-28 Back porch situation.

2018-09-14 I bet a lot of people who say they regularly get eight hours of sleep each night mean they are …

2018-09-07 The fall warbler migration is nearly upon us, you guys.

2018-08-31 I guess I’m officially upgrading my status to intellectual.

2018-08-28 Austin Kleon is keeping it real.

2018-08-28 I spent much of the morning cutting down a tree with a tiny saw.

2018-08-24 I’m finally catching up with season six of The Americans.

2018-08-24 It’s really something that the USPS is as reliable as it is, all things considered.

2018-08-24 Well, I just watched a Gillette advertisement and cried a little. So that’s how my day’s …

2018-08-23 Sometimes the one thing needed is LCD Soundsystem.

2018-08-23 Aaron Belz is keeping it real.

2018-08-23 On this morning’s walk we found this giant leapord moth.

2018-08-20 I’m only a couple of days into life without social media and already I’ve noticed that I’m able to …

2018-08-19 Liturgy upon hearing birdsong, from the wonderful book, Every Moment Holy.

2018-08-18 There was a hammer dulcimer, skillfully played, at the wedding I just officiated.

2018-08-18 Sharing this from @ayjay:… Today I deleted my Twitter and Instagram …

2018-08-17 This will never not blow my mind.

2018-08-17 A couple of weeks ago I was in Packwood, WA for my brother’s installation service as pastor of …

2018-08-17 I’m getting off all social media. I left Facebook years ago. My Twitter account will be …

2018-08-17 “When Christianity entered into the world, people were not Christians, and the difficulty was …