Letters to the church I love…

The Fly

“There was an old woman who swallowed a fly…I don’t know why she swallowed that fly…perhaps she’ll die!” I have vivid memories of my dad singing that song to me as a kid. I was totally captivated by the idea of a woman who accidentally swallowed a fly trying desperately to remove it–by swallowing worseContinue reading “The Fly”

What Are We Missing?

It’s interesting the stuff that sticks with you from your childhood. I can still remember the cover of the dinosaur book on the shelf in front of me as I was being paddled by my teacher for drawing in my English book. I can also remember our electric lawn mower. Whoever invented the electric lawnContinue reading “What Are We Missing?”

Chip’s Book List

Chip’s Book List. Once in a while I like to share my current book list in case you’re wondering or if anything looks interesting to you. Here’s what I’m reading right now: Myths and Mistakes in New Testament Textual Criticism (edited) by Elijah Hixson and Peter Gurry.     This is definitely not casual reading, butContinue reading “Chip’s Book List”


I have some pretty vivid Christmas memories from my childhood. My mom is one of ten kids so Christmas celebrations with her side of the family were a virtual explosion of colorful gift wrapping, too much tinsel, stacks of pumpkin pies, and dozens upon dozens of cousins. One particular Christmas, my brother and I wereContinue reading “Expectations”

Are you in?

Special agent Burt Macklin looked around the room. Each member of his team had fought valiantly alongside him on this hellish mission. Even so, what he was about to ask of this team–no, this family–was almost more than he could bear. “Asking you to help me take down Evil Inc. is more than I’ve everContinue reading “Are you in?”

Doctrine & Theology

Doctrine. Theology. If you’ve been hanging around church for very long you’ve probably heard these words thrown out there from time to time. When I see those words I imagine a staunch-looking, grey haired man sitting in an armchair smoking a pipe next to a fireplace in a room filled with books. The image isn’tContinue reading “Doctrine & Theology”

God’s Will

My daughter is graduating from high school in about a month. Piper is the kid who can teach herself to play any instrument, crochet stuffed animals (and sell them for unbelievable amounts of money) and just got a job welding custom furniture. I could not be more proud. My favorite thing about Piper right nowContinue reading “God’s Will”


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