Peace Be With You

Peace be with you. Peace. Be. With you. Peace. I’ve mentioned this before, but Montreat, a Presbyterian conference center in the NC mountains just outside of Asheville, is one of my favorite places on the planet.  I know I can always find peace there.  And one of my...

Wandering Heart, Teach Me

Some days when ministry is hard and progress seems slow, I daydream about what non-congregational jobs I might enjoy.  This light-hearted escapism is mostly just a coping mechanism, but  here are some of the things on my list: open a shave ice stand on the south side...

Wandering Hearts: A Lenten Journey

As a high school English teacher, most of my days could be a bit unpredictable: with 30 teenaged variables in one room, one cannot always expect consistent results or responses to any given topic.  With one exception, which always went something like this: “Alright,...

Peace in a Weary World

We are all familiar with the preciousness of bedtime rituals – we read and sing to children and tuck them in with sweet words:  “Good night, sleep tight, sweet dreams… I love you.”  And even as grown-ups, we often crawl into bed for a few quiet minutes to read...