For the past two and a half years I've been teaching evangelism at Union Presbyterian Seminary and consulting with the Presbytery of the James. I've really enjoyed this work and the opportunities and challenges it brings. As I look ahead to my final 18 months of this 4-year appointment, I find that … Read more about My New Year Resolution: the Joyful Feast
Last night and this morning, news headlines and talking points were all focused on Doug Jones' victory over Roy Moore in Alabama's special election to fill the Senate seat previously held by Jeff Sessions. Words like upset, shocking, and unlikely are being used to describe Alabama's election of a … Read more about Conciliation and Indignation
When I was growing up, my mother referred to herself as a yellow dog Democrat, a Southern term for someone who will only vote for Democratic candidates. As the saying goes, such a person would rather vote for a yellow dog than a Republican. Even though my voting record would likely put me in the … Read more about Christians Who Endorse or Vote for Roy Moore are Idolatrous Heretics
This morning I read that more allegations of sexual harassment and predation have been made against Kevin Spacey, who has been widely criticized for coming out as gay as a way to deflect attention from the first public allegation, which involved attempted child molestation. In a case of life … Read more about Collapsing Houses of Cards
Halloween is a big deal for the Vest family. Our boys have been talking about it for the past 363 days—ever since the day after last Halloween. I’m not kidding—as soon as one Halloween wraps, the boys immediately start talking about the next year. Of course, throughout the year their costume plans … Read more about Three Guardians and a Reformer
Several years ago I wrote a prayer based on the beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-16) and posted it on this blog. It is one of my most read posts and people regularly find it because it is the top result when you google "prayer based on the beatitudes". Many people have left comments asking for permission to … Read more about Are Prayers Intellectual Property?
When it comes to pastoring and preaching, I'm mostly on the sidelines these days. I recognize that I'm not in the trenches pulpit this morning, like many of my friends and colleagues. I'm not even in Virginia today to stand in solidarity with neighbors who are hurting. So you can take or leave what … Read more about Maybe Rewriting Your Sermon Isn’t Enough
Last week three generations of Vests vacationed together in Florida—my father, his brother, one of their first cousins, spouses, children, and grandchildren. It was a lot of fun, some of which will require at least a week of recovery. It was truly a week of feasting, in every sense of the … Read more about Church Hacker