George H. W. Bush, from a dung floor under a tin roof in Chebitet, Kenya

I have mental snapshots and memories of the main house on the family compound.  We were living with a Kipsigis family on their rural Kenyan land, surrounded by rolling hills, grazing cows, and red dirt.  In this main building, we shared meals around a long table and the boys slept in the corner, having given… Read More George H. W. Bush, from a dung floor under a tin roof in Chebitet, Kenya

It’s Easter this side of the Schism

Everything is cancelled this week.  School, programs, events, regular meetings.  Talk to friends, “Can you get together?”  Sorry, we’re busy getting ready for Easter.  What could you possibly be doing for an entire week to prepare for Easter?  By default, I viewed their Easter preparations through my cultural lens.  This celebration was far in the… Read More It’s Easter this side of the Schism

Thinking Biblically in an election year, no matter where you live

Like millions of people outside the United States, I am watching the U.S. elections from afar but with great interest. Given the headlines and the articles on my news feed, on any given day my emotions can range from incredulity and disgust to pangs of dread over the potential outcome. As a student of political… Read More Thinking Biblically in an election year, no matter where you live

Where Can We Be Safe?

This piece I wrote was published at The Gospel Coalition nearly two weeks ago.  In light of recent events, it’s more timely than ever. ********************************************************************************************************************** Last spring I promised my kids a visit to a new playground. It was early evening when we pulled up to the play structure in an urban Virginia neighborhood a mile from… Read More Where Can We Be Safe?