I’m pretty sure I learned more about church at a barbecue pit than I did at seminary. When I was 12 years old my father, also a United Methodist minister, was appointed to Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Raleigh, NC. It was probably the best thing that happened to my family when I was […]Read More A Theology of Whole Hog Barbecue
In my last post I mentioned how Castine, my five year old, has become the best little beekeeper helper I could ask for. Every time we go into the beehive together, Cas has one big goal in mind: spotting the queen bee. Of course, spotting the queen bee is kind of hard. While she is […]Read More The Lesson of the Missing Queen Bee
“Dad, it’s really quiet out here. I love it when it’s quiet. I don’t like noisy places.” My five-year-old daughter is just like me. She doesn’t like noise. She doesn’t like crowds. She doesn’t like to hustle and bustle. She likes to get away, to a quiet place, a place where she can think, […]Read More Teach the Children Well
I have often said that you cannot write a job description for a pastor. In the seven years now that I have been in pastoral ministry, I have been with families as their loved ones passed from this world into the next, I have played games and made crafts with kids, I have stirred stew […]Read More Saving Souls or Saving Bees?
The morning after Christmas I was standing in an airport terminal, waiting for my wife and kids to get back from getting coffee, when a thought occurred to me: I’m going to end up in the emergency room before this day is over. We were traveling to San Diego to spend some holiday time […]Read More Two Things I Learned Through My Medical Malady Mystery
Recently I’ve been asked by a handful of people how to build the table-height, handicap accessible garden beds we installed at Selah Community Garden last year. I figured the easiest way to make our plans accessible to the most people was with a blog post. Of course, I’ve never written out a woodworking guide, so […]Read More How to Build Table-Height Raised Garden Beds
We have been living in our current house for almost three years. Our previous house had an immense backyard with no shade trees at all, perfect for a garden. I loved that yard, I loved that garden. Our current yard is plenty big, but it is also plenty shaded. “But not too shaded,” I reassured […]Read More Recipe: Cream of Mushroom Soup