The Bridge Ministry

On Tuesday, I had the honor to preach at The Bridge Ministry in downtown Nashville.   We have partnered with The Bridge since 2006.  I am so thankful for their faithful presence for Christ to the homeless of our city.   

This ministry feeds these friends and treats them with dignity and inclusion into the church.  Thank you for your faithfulness, Bridge Ministry!

A prayer for mercy instead of violence

I was honored to pray at the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce today, representing both Union University and CIL. Here is a portion of the prayer which speaks to the national conversation occurring in light of last week’s expressions of evil:
 
“Almighty God,
We take this moment to pause and acknowledge your greatness, power, and love.
 
Our nation is currently mourning the senseless loss of life manifested in mass killings.
We pray for comfort, strength, and wisdom to the communities of
 
Gilroy, California.
El Paso, Texas.
Dayton, Ohio.
We pray for protection over Hendersonville, Tennessee.
 
Root out the evil that lurks.
The evil in the shadows of our city.
And the evil in the shadows of our hearts.
 
We thank you that you are a God who loves all people.
We pray that we follow your example, Christ;
so, that prejudice and racism will eradicate from our culture.
 
Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.”

Grieving for Notre-Dame

Iconic buildings do matter.   They are the culmination of culture, history, story, faith, and love.  They are a connecting point for a disjointed society.

Human beings reflect the image of God in many ways, including our creativity and skill in building beautiful structures.  

A centuries-old building lost in an evening brings a sadness we cannot quite reconcile, so we grieve for the Notre-Dame Cathedral.

The amazing International Space Station

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A couple of sermons ago, I talked about the International Space Station as an illustration. I forgot to include this thought-provoking quote that impacted me:
 
“Few of us give a thought to the International Space Station, even though, when the future measures our collective contribution to humanity, the ISS will prove the single best thing we did. Less than a century after the Model T was state of the art, we manufactured a kind of galleon in space and have sent men and women from 10 countries to live in it, along with a host of short-term visitors, without recess or mutiny or fatality, for nearly 20 years.” -Chris Jones, Wired Magazine.

Reflections on George H.W. Bush

bush_prez_0I am quite an admirer of George H.W. Bush (1924-2018), and think of him fondly on the news of his death. I always liked Bush, but when I was younger I was not overly enthusiastic about his leadership.  As time has progressed, my appreciation and respect for him as a leader continued to increase, until he has developed in my mind – for too many reasons to put in this post – as one of my favorite historical leaders.

He produced cooperation.  He was strong against tyranny.  He was compassionate towards the disadvantaged.  He was very human and very American.

Thirty years ago, Bush stated “We need a kinder and gentler nation.”  We needed that cultural challenge then, and it still calls to those who will listen today.