Other Writing

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.

What Is Worship Music?   January 20, 2021
Preparing for the Coronavirus Outbreak, March 10, 2020
Exclusion and Embrace  December 18, 2019
The Carters and Habitat for Humanity   November 13, 2019
The Amazon Fires:  What Can We Do?   September 25, 2019
The Church and Central American Migration   May 14, 2019
Talking Ethically about Virginia  March 5, 2019
Democracy in Peril?    January 22, 2019
Climate Change and Love of Neighbor   January 15, 2019
Christmas Music and the Incarnation  December 19, 2018
     July 17, 2018
Is On-demand Culture Changing Us?   June 12, 2018
Easter and April Fools     April 1, 2018
Religious Satire       February 18, 2018
Practicing Peace        December 19, 2017
Music and Justice            July 27, 2017
Urban Farming            May 4, 2017
The First Amendment          March 28, 2017
“Nones” and Belief         January 13, 2017
A Passion for Justice          December 19,  2016
Prophets, Politics, and Palm Sunday           May 14, 2016
Respecting Other Religions          January 15, 2016
The Overuse of Antibiotics           January 13th, 2016
America’s Affordable Housing Crisis           January 4, 2016
Caring for Our Common Home         December 15th, 2015
Sexual Assault on Campus            April 20, 2015
Faith Informing Food Choices:  Meat, Poultry, and Eggs           January 7, 2015
Forgiveness and Faith         December 23, 2014
Radical Life Extension
         May 12, 2014
Material Possessions and Christians         December 17, 2013
Ministry and Art          June 11, 2013
Extreme Weather and Climate Change           March 25, 2013
Understanding Mormonism          April 7, 2012
Poverty in America          May 24, 2012
Poverty and Peace          April 27, 2011
Change in the Middle East           April 15, 2011


“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.


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.