Stop. Wait. Think About This.

Sometime this morning, maybe even as I write this, the “Leaning Tower of Dallas” will finally come down.

(Note: Obviously, the timeline is much longer now…EF)

I’ve been captivated by our fascination with this wreck of a wreck ever since…


Jesus is Lord, and Caesar is not.

“Jesus is Lord, and Caesar is not…”

This phrase is one of the key insights I’ve ever learned from Dr. John Dominic Crossan. And, honestly, one of the key insights I’ve ever learned in life. Crossan suggests that when the…


“Be the Dog On A Walk”

One of the most important life lessons Dennise and I have ever learned, we learned from our dog.

The lesson is: “Be the Dog On a Walk.”

We learned this lesson observing our dog, Daisy. And I should describe it…


Be Here Now

I’ve got my Apple Watch set so that when I don’t have a calendar event, the phrase “Be Here Now” pops up on the calendar app.

There aren’t many days when “Be Here Now” is the only thing on my…


The New AGSV Bible Translation

Exciting news, friends!

I’ve been given an advance copy of a new Bible translation, hitting the market soon. The translation is called the “American Government Standard Version.” (AGSV for short…)

The AGSV is a new and carefully sourced translation from…


Let’s Help Jesus Not Throw Up

“If Jesus came back, and saw what’s going on in his name, he’d never stop throwing up.”
— Woody Allen

What am I supposed to do with the fact that, apparently, Robert Jeffress and Woody Allen agree with one another?…


Thoughts on Today’s #TrumpRally

I want to follow up on my prayer of a little earlier, and talk a bit about today.

My prayer earlier was:

Dear God,
May everyone in our city be safe and may the day be violence free.


Has Homosexual Always Been in the Bible?

In our Methodist tradition, we (wrongly) claim “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.”

The research behind this story tells us: That does not appear to be true. We are lying to ourselves about what historical Biblical teaching…


Forgiveness and Justice: Hearing Both of the Jean’s

Botham Jean’s brother, Brandt, offered a remarkable moment of forgiveness toward Amber Guyger today in the courtroom. But his Mother said deeply important things too. We must hear them both.

Brandt offered forgiveness and an embrace to Amber Guyger. As…


The Guyger Trial: First Day Thoughts

The murder trial of Amber Guyger is underway here in Dallas. For those of you outside the city, or not paying attention, sufficed to say our city is tense and anxious about the trial and upcoming verdict.

Last Monday, I…