Craft of Preaching

Nature's Warning

I live in Indiana near Louisville, Kentucky. Since mid-March, Kentucky’s governor Andy Beshear has offered an update every afternoon concerning the

Recognize (and Protect) Everyday Miracles

How about giving up discontent for Lent?

There’s a complaint heard sometimes in our household: “If I didn’t do this, it wouldn’t

Practicing Gratitude

Searching for Christmas gifts for the youngest members of our family, I came across a “gratitude journal,” a forum for recording daily expressions

Imagining Leadership

Isaiah 11 (December 8) imagines several qualities of wise leadership: wisdom and understanding, council (or strategic thinking) and strength, knowledge

Learning to Pay Attention

This summer I taught a week-long continuing education course for pastors on scripture and ecology. We examined Scripture’s many references to humans

Greening Spaces

Mark A. Torgerson’s book Greening Spaces for Worship and Ministry (Alban, 2012) offers numerous case studies of congregations that have incorporated

Change Is Possible and Needed

While the opportunities Scripture offers to speak directly of the beauty, power, and needs of the natural world are extremely frequent, especially in the

Earth Day is Easter Monday

This coming April 22, 2019, is the fiftieth year of celebrating Earth Day, which began on April 22, 1970. As such it’s the Jubilee Year of Earth Day.

Illumination, Revelation, Transformation

Since Lent does not begin until March 2019, the season of Epiphany that begins on January 6 is one of the longest possible in the liturgical year, stretching

Small Thing, Abundant Growth

One of our sons-in-law works in plant pathology. Recently he took us to visit the lab and greenhouse where he works to discover the genetic makeup of various

God’s Open Hand

Several weeks of Gospel texts this summer read John 6, beginning with the story of Jesus’ feeding the multitudes with five barley loaves and two fish.

Psalms that Reflect on Human Life

Three truths about humans living within a wider created world stand out frequently in the Psalms and elsewhere in the Bible. Each of these calls humans

People Get It, but Need Leadership

I recently returned from a weekend in a large Presbyterian church in Michigan, where I was asked to speak about the faith dimensions of creation care and

Creation Care and Kilowatt Hours

Recently I was asked to speak in a church in the bluegrass area of central Kentucky on two related topics: “Creation Care and Kilowatt Hours”

Hearing Both Cries

The Bible’s sensitivity not only to the natural world but to economic justice for the lowly is truly remarkable, given Scripture’s origins during