Sunday Morning Rain

 It is drizzling here. It’s funny how the Midwestern rain smells differently. I think the soft summer rain awakens the fertile earth in Iowa. The sweet, unmistakable aroma of the rich, dark soil mingles with crops, livestock, and old barns. A Sunday morning rain in Iowa is surely one of God’s surprising gifts. It has been quite a few years. I thought I would get over it. But no. I am as thrilled about this serenely handsome land-in-the-middle of America as when I first saw a snowfall on the Plaza in Kansas City or a prairie sunset in Olathe. I think the sweet smell of Sunday morning rain in Cedar Falls is right up there.

Preaching in August at King of Kings Anglican Church, Charlotte, NC


I will be preaching each Sunday in August 2015 at King of Kings Anglican Church (ACNA) in Charlotte, North Carolina. We invite you to join in the worship of the Lord, our King of Kings, indeed, at 10:00 a.m. on the Lord’s Day. The parish site is here: .This gives me an opportunity to say […]

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A 1937 Response to Diabolical Attacks on Marriage and Family


The Papal encyclical famous for its urgent and frank language about Communism’s diabolical  threat to marriage and the family is just as relevant today. The enemy of natural law and divine revelation—now Enlightenment-bred Secular Western democracies—and its fanatical attack on marriage and family are born of the same evil seed. The whole of Pius XI’s […]

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A Prayer for the Marines and Chattanooga


Almighty God, our Father, who sent Thine only begotten Son to be sacrificed like the lamb at Yom Kippur, dying on a cross, stretched out in a grave, rising from the dead, and through the power of the Holy Spirit lifting our tired eyes from the brevity and vicissitudes of this life to the very pinnacle of […]

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An Academic Plan

Lewis and Clark Travel Journal

[As a new semester of schooling is upon us I offer a portion of a recent letter to a student about academic planning] My dear Son in the Lord: You need a plan for your education from this point onward. You need to decide on which college, and which major. There are several variables that […]

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The Voyage to the Carolinas


“Most of us, I suppose, have a secret country but for most of us it is only an imaginary country. Edmund and Lucy were luckier than other people in that respect.”—C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader  The C.S. Lewis Fellows Program is coming to Charlotte and the Carolinas. A course is being charted […]

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A Supreme Court Ruling and a Pastoral Letter


The Supreme Court Ruling on same-sex marriage caused the Chief Justice to ask with indignation: “Who do we think we are?” The rhetorical question may need no further reply than the ruling itself. We do not need to whisper what silence shouts. I have been asked, “Pastor, what can you say to us?” I had […]

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Chaplain Corps Journal: Summer 2015 Issue Published

The Chaplain Corps Journal | Summer 2015

The Summer 2015 issue of the Chaplain Corps Journal is now available at the library at Fort Leavenworth (The long URL is: The short URL for all of the Chaplain Corps Journal is: This issue focuses on the Chaplain in War: Past, Present, and Future.  The Authors featured include Dr. Eric Patterson, Dean […]

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Career and Vocation


I have often asked seminarians to think carefully about the Gospel ministry. It is not something you choose. It chooses you. No, no; He—the sovereign Lord of grace—chooses His own. He chooses us generally—to hear His Word, particularly—effectually responding unto salvation, and specifically—to a particular ministry of the Gospel. David Brooks’ book, The Road to […]

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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost: Readings and Reflection

Saul Attacking David by GUERCINO (b. 1591, Cento, d. 1666, Bologna);1646. Oil on canvas, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome.

The reading from 1 Samuel 17 (1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 10-16) arrested my attention. The case of Saul’s madness raises great theological issues that are relevant in every generation. The text says that “The next day an evil spirit from God rushed upon Saul, and he raved within his house, while David was playing the lyre, as he did […]

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