Trinitarian Soundings

Restless Hearts

“You have made us for yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until at peace with you,” is the best known excerpt from St. Augustine’s Confessions. As a young man, he… Read more »

God Knows You

The human quest for self-knowledge is constant. Why else would people spend time playing whimsical games on social media for the slight chance they might understand themselves better? Do we really need… Read more »

Release to Poor Captives

Martin Luther King Day always brings to mind the unfinished agenda before us as a nation, as neighborhoods, and as individuals. We can claim some progress, but we are so far from… Read more »

Post-racial? Don’t think so

This past weekend kicked off the Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrations in the Kansas City metro area. As we review the tragic events of this past year, many involving lethal stand-offs between… Read more »

Bright Spots

The Auburn Center for the Study of Theological Education, a research arm of Auburn Seminary, invited representatives from select seminaries identified as “bright spots” to think about constructive trends in ministry preparation…. Read more »

On the Fourth Day of Christmas

When I decided to live more intentionally the rhythms of the Christian year, this season of Christmastide became much richer for me. As my friends at Conception Abbey put it, “We are… Read more »

The Darkness Shall Turn to Dawning

Gather a group of women of a certain age, with a Southern Baptist heritage, and they will most likely know all the verses of the old missionary hymn “We’ve a Story to… Read more »

Mindful of Your Mercy

Mary’s song of joy and prophecy is none other than a manifesto of mercy. Threaded through the Magnificat are these affirmations: “Your mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear… Read more »

Joy as Index of Spiritual Health

  The annual gathering of the Marshall clan occurred this past weekend in Oklahoma. Our roots are deep in the red soil, and we boast pioneers who lived in Indian Territory prior… Read more »

Pointing Beyond Oneself

Visual representations of John the Baptist often have him pointing to Christ. Artists have enjoyed extending his bony forefinger, and there is no question who commands the center of attention. Albeit the… Read more »