Trinitarian Soundings

Receiving the Unexpected

    This past Sunday was full of the finest music the season can offer. I actually got to attend two services, one here at home at Prairie Baptist, and one in… Read more »


Rejoicing in God

Protestants have never paid enough attention to Mary. During Advent and Christmas, however, we allow her briefly to be a part of our piety. We sing about her in carols that describes… Read more »


A Fresh Supply of Hope

    Hope perches in the soul of every human. (Thank you, Emily Dickinson, for the lovely imagery). Like breathing itself, it is an intrinsic practice that sustains life. When reflecting on… Read more »


Keeping Awake

One of my favorite cartoons depicts two little creatures watching the ark pull away from the shore. One remarks to the other, “Oh, shoot. Was that today?” Apparently they are the only… Read more »


The Limited Rule of Human Leaders

Every pastor and writer has been seeking appropriate words to interpret the post-election malaise or ebullience, and each seeks to galvanize empathy, healing, and ways forward for the common good. One of… Read more »


Religious Liberty amidst Religious Pluralism

I spent Sunday with the good folk of University Heights Baptist Church in Springfield, MO. It is a strong ABC-CBF church, and annually the congregation hosts a Baptist Heritage Sunday. It was… Read more »


The Rich Inheritance of the Saints

It usually startles people to learn that the Bible describes followers of Jesus as saints. That is a term we usually reserve for those whose lives shine more brightly than others, through… Read more »


Our Problem with Humility

Humility has been called the master virtue. If one can grow in humility the rest of the spiritual life falls into place. Yet, being humble is really hard and goes against the… Read more »


Abundant Blessing

The Apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 9:8, “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound… Read more »


Prayer in the Present Chaos

The Gospel reading for next Sunday is one of Jesus’ most provocative parables. Luke 18:1-8 recounts this teaching, which was for the purpose of encouraging them to “pray always and not lose… Read more »