2021-10-25: All Dressed Up “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 📚

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 📚





2021-09-14: Finished Reading: The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris 📚

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 Diamond📚

2021-09-05: good advice


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

2021-08-24: Finished Reading: Mere Christianity by C. S Lewis 📚

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 📚

2021-08-11: Finished Reading: Drive by Daniel H. Pink 📚

2021-08-10: Finished Reading: A Promised Land by Barack Obama 📚

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

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 📚

2021-07-28: practice

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

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 📚

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

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 📚

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

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

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 📚

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 📚

2021-07-10: Finished Reading: The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis 📚

2021-07-10: Finished Reading: Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin 📚

2021-07-09: Finished Reading: The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall 📚

2021-07-08: Finished Reading: Native Son by Richard Wright 📚

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 📚

2021-07-03: Finished Reading: No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy 📚

2021-07-03: Finished Reading: The Road to Character by David Brooks 📚

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 📚

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

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

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 📚

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 📚

2021-05-29: Currently reading: The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall 📚


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 📚

2021-03-18: Currently reading: The Shape of Death, by Jaroslav Pelican 📚

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 Son of God, heir of all things, through you, the universe was created. Radiance of God’s glory, …

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 📚

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 Aurelius📚

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 📚

2021-01-15: mood

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

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 📚

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 📚

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 📚

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 This is a nice way of putting it: Interpreters often need help, like the Ethiopian eunuch who …

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 📚

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 📚

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

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 💫

2020-09-05: Hackberry Emperor

2020-09-01: variegated fritillary 💫

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 The thoughts of the godly are never so stayed upon the word of God as not to be carried away at the …

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

2020-06-21: Praying the Psalms If we want to read and to pray the prayers of the Bible and especially the Psalms, therefore, we …

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: “‘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: “Advent is definitely not for sissies.” - Fleming Rutledge

2018-11-14: Some of my Christian neighbors have already decorated for Christmas. 😔

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: “People 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: blog.ayjay.org/the-gradu… 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 …