Winning us over — Written on my 51st birthday

Today is my birthday. 51 years ago I was born on a blustery day in Jackson, Mississippi. What a long, strange trip it’s been. It’s good to be here. Good to be alive. Very good. Now I can see if anybody is reading this. I expect to read a few “happy birthdays” in the comment […]


Practicing fidelity

We live in a culture that doesn’t put much value in fidelity, whether it be fidelity to marriage partners or to other relationships that make up our communal life. These days there is so much transience. People frequently change the community they live in, the jobs they work at, and generally speaking, the ultimate criteria […]


A fishing story, by Al Booth

I like to fish. One of the best things about going fishing is not only do I get to catch a whopper, but I get to tell one too! This story, however, happens to be true. Then again, they all start out that way.Once upon a time I was a Sunday School teacher. I was […]


Pondering light

It is amazing the difference the weather makes.  Yesterday it rained all day.  The people I interacted with in my ventures into the world all seemed down (myself included); no one appeared to have much energy. Today the sun is shining and it is unseasonably warm and the whole mood of the day is different […]


Drumming Circle

We gathered last night in our dimly lit sanctuary in front of the altar.  Seated in a circle with burning candles we played our drums and shakers; sometimes softly, other times loudly.  Without words we communicated with one another, speaking in rhythms, attentive to subtle shifts that led us off in new directions.  At times […]


Try again

My wife experienced a visitation of for lack of a better an “angel” before I met her in a time of defeat and despair. A ball of light appeared in her bedroom at night, and she heard the words, “Try again.”  She took it to be an angel, but she wasn’t sure what the words […]


“I declare peace with my neighbor…”

I recently received an email that was being distributed far and wide that promoted writing “In God we Trust” on the back of our mail as a counter-action to a reported court order requiring “In God we trust” posters be removed from Post Offices. The email concluded by saying that the 86% of us Americans […]


Eternal torture chambers

I went to the famous preacher’s website, where you can find a section  proclaiming what he believes.  The words written there were all very unambiguous; no confusion, it seemed, regarding what the man believed is truth.  Under the category of “hell” were these words:  “After living one life on earth, the unbelievers will be judged […]


Back again

Well I’m back.  Apologies to those who logged onto this site for the past week looking for something new, finding nothing My absence had to do with a couple of things. First, I had computer problems.  The old computer that I mentioned a few weeks ago was screeching like a cat finally gave up the […]