Trinitarian Soundings

The Fierce Urgency of Prophetic Witness

Prophets rarely fare well in their own historical setting.  Their clarity of vision disturbs the nonchalance with which most people engage their personal context.  Prophets scrutinize those policies and practices that most… Read more »


One Wild and Precious Life

I spent the better part of last week on the campus of Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis for the Spring Speaker Series.  This meant that I spoke in chapel three times,… Read more »


“Planting, Watering, and Serving”

I recently heard a priest at Conception Abbey offering the homily at Eucharist, attended by all the young men preparing to enter the priestly vocation.  He was making the point “it’s not… Read more »


“Religious, but not Spiritual?”

After writing about preaching last week, I had the opportunity to preach yesterday at the Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia.  God does move in mischievous ways—testing me to see… Read more »


Reclaiming Our Prophetic Voices

You know how it is when you preach. You try to get a jump on next Sunday by studying the texts, observing the ethos around you, lurking in coffee shops to overhear… Read more »


Women Leading Change

I have just returned from a gathering of women presidents of schools that prepare students for ministry. We comprise about 11% of the CEO’s of the 274 seminaries in North America accredited… Read more »


The Promise of Hidden Figures

  During this Martin Luther King holiday weekend I went to see the fine movie “Hidden Figures.” Already nominated for various awards, this remarkable film recounts the story of the contribution three… Read more »


Seeking God through Community

We have just completed a wonderful week at Conception Abbey, full of learning, prayer, and table fellowship. Time shifts when there; bells and times of prayer order the rhythms, and we tend… Read more »


Abbey Bound

  On Monday about 18 of us will converge at Conception Abbey in northwestern Missouri. We will spend a week immersed in Benedictine spirituality as we learn the rhythms of prayer and… Read more »


The Grief of Our World

Carnage surrounds the birth of the child Jesus. All was not peace and good will. The Gospel reading for the first Sunday following Christmas recounts the fury of Herod and his order… Read more »