“Healing Divides Through Music,” in Brian Allain, How To Heal Our Divides: An Abundance of Opportunities (2022).

I was honored to join Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul, and Mary) and Liz Stookey Sunde in writing the chapter “Healing Divides Though Music” on Music to Life, the nonprofit they co-founded to connect socially conscious musicians with the mentors, resources and training needed to realize their bold visions for community change.  

Three Simple Rules for Christian Living (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2008).

This small-group study by Jeanne Torrence Finley is based on Rueben P. Job’s book Three Simple Rules: A Wesleyan Way of Living. Six sessions provide extended reflection for adults on three principles of Christian life: do no harm, do good, and stay in love with God


Know Your Place: Helping White, Southern Evangelicals Cope with the End of The(ir) World, by Justin Phillips, Englewood Review of Books, May 4, 2022.

Bad Faith: Race and the Rise of the Religious Right, by Randall Balmer, Englewood Review of Books, October 26, 2021.

Freeing Jesus: Recovering Jesus as Friend, Teacher, Lord, Savior, Way, and Presence, by Diana Butler Bass, Englewood Review of Books, April 22, 2021.

Nicholas Black Elk, by Jon M. Sweeney, Englewood Review of Books, March 4, 2021.

Exploring a Wesleyan Political Theology, edited by Ryan Danker, Englewood Review of Books, January 4, 2021.

Evangelicals:  Who They Have Been, Are Now, and Could Be, edited by Mark Noll, David Bebbington, and George Marsden, Englewood Review of Books, April 17, 2020.

Exactly as You Are:  The Life and Faith of Mister Rogers by Shea Tuttle,   Englewood Review of Books, March 12, 2020.

Somethin’ Special by Noel Paul Stookey” [music review], Englewood Review of Books, Dec. 18, 2018.

Evolving Humanity and Biblical Wisdom by Marie Noonan Sabin,  Englewood Review of Books, July 25, 2018.

Still Singing Out Love: At Home: The Maine Tour, by Noel Paul Stookey,   Sojourners, April 2016.

Celtic Christian Communities:  Live the Tradition, by Ian Bradley.  Worship,  75 no 6 Nov 2001, p 566-567.

“Guarding the Spirit:  The Active Life by Parker J. Palmer,”  Co-writer Richard B. Faris, Sojourners, January 1992.

Additional reviews in UM Reporter.

FaithLink and Ministry Matters

From 2007 to 2020 I was a contributing writer for FaithLink, a United Methodist weekly curriculum on faith and current issues. The essays from some of my issues of FaithLink have been posted by Ministry Matters™, a website which offers practical essays and other resources for clergy and church leaders.


“Kidlinks,”  Nonprofit Performance Magazine, 4:4 (Winter 2018)

“Teaching Justice Through Children’s Music,” Faith in Action, General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church, June 27, 2017.

“How Dad Nurtured a Garden and the Future,”  Christian Science Monitor, May 15, 2002.

“Making More Real the Church Universal:  Francis Pickens Miller,”  Co-writer Richard B. Faris,  Journal of Presbyterian History,  82:1 (Spring 2004), pp. 23-34.

“Intersections,”  Column in Virginia Advocate.