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Thirty years ago, a weird experience

Exactly thirty years ago, in the summer of 1977 I had just graduated from college and was working at Camp Aldersgate in Swartswood. One of the other counselors had been to the deserted railroad tracks in Chester to see the lights of the so-called “Hooker Man,” and intrigued, seven of us set off on a Saturday night […]


Leonard Sweet on Jesus’ Spontaneity

Our bishop, of whom I generally have a positive impression, has been pushing certain books for the clergy and laity New Jersey Methodism to read.  One of the two books this year is “The Gospel According to Starbucks: Living with a Grande Passion”, by Leonard Sweet, a seminary professor at Drew. I’ve been reading the book. […]


The Anthropic Principle and Paris Hilton

I am in no way qualified as an expert in science, but nonetheless I find myself fascinated by the bits and pieces I hear of from the dialogue that occurs between science and religion. From the little bit I understand, the most compelling suggestion for the hand of God arising in science comes not from biology, where the theory […]



Reading never came easily for me.  I was in the slow reading class in elementary school, took supplemental reading classes in junior high, and did poorly on my Verbal SATs in high school.  They didn’t talk about “learning disabilities” in those days, and though I don’t think I’m a full out dyslexic, there is something […]


Seize the Day

These last couple of days — the first days of summer — have been exquisitely beautiful. A rainstorm washed away the humidity. There are lovely breezes inspiring the leaves on the trees to dance. There is much green and blue. These are days that demand we get outside and just take it all in. I […]



This morning I made my monthly visit to the nursing home to lead worship. Afterwards I stopped to talk with a woman sitting in a wheel chair outside by the front door, enjoying the beautiful day. She told me a story that touched me. She said she had a brother who, in response to the […]


A child of the king

I just finished reading, “A Child of the King”, by Patricia Klinger Schrope, the mother of a new member of our church, Audrey Klinger. The short book beautifully tells the sad but ultimately inspiring story of the short life of Audrey’s two year older sister Tracy who died at the age of ten following a […]



I had lunch yesterday with Bart, the 20 year old from our church who is home for a visit from the Navy. By his own assessment, Bart didn’t show a whole lot of focus in high school. He weighed over 300 pounds and didn’t apply himself to his studies. Somewhere along the way he caught […]


A weekend with the Travel Team

Bobby, Sarah and I were out the door 6:30 a.m. Saturday to go to a soccer tournament in Hershey, PA.  Hot days spent alternating between four soccer games and the long lines of Hershey Park.  We got back 9:30 p.m. Sunday, grateful to be home; grateful also to those back at the church who carried on […]


Gerald May on the Wisdom of Wilderness

It is so easy to get stuck in the “manage my life” mode. By this I mean that state of mind where the present moment isn’t what holds me, but the endless list of things that need to be done, acquired, fixed, managed in some future moment. It makes for restlessness and irritability. The world […]