Brinton’s Bridges

In a Dream, When Deep Sleep Falls

In a Dream, When Deep Sleep Falls

Everyone knows that diet and exercise are important to good health. But so is sleep. Good things happen "when deep sleep falls" (Job 33:15). Miss a good night’s sleep, and you run the risk of gaining weight, becoming depressed, and increasing your chance of heart...

Making Sanctuaries Secure

Making Sanctuaries Secure

Last Sunday, a 43-year-old man opened fire in the West Freeway Church of Christ in Texas, killing two. The shooting lasted just a few seconds before the head of the church's volunteer security team shot and killed the man. The violence raises important questions about...

Fethullah Gülen, Spiritual Leader

Fethullah Gülen, Spiritual Leader

The 2019 list of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People, prepared by Watkins' Mind Body Spirit Magazine, is topped by Pope Francis, Oprah Winfrey and the Dalai Lama. No surprises there. But at number 26 is Fethullah Gülen, spiritual leader. So who is...

Choose Compassion

Choose Compassion

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I saw the quiet and touching movie "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood." Tom Hanks does an amazing job as children's television host Fred Rogers, coming to the aid of a cynical and suffering magazine writer. He reminded me again that...

The Value of Prayer

The Value of Prayer

Thoughts and prayers. Some people find them valuable, while others would actually pay to avoid them. So what is the value of prayer? A recent study found that Christians generally value the offer of thoughts and prayers, even from a stranger. According to The...

Mission to Honduras

Mission to Honduras

I'm just back from my church's annual mission trip to Honduras, in which we do construction at a Christian camp for youths and perform medical care at a clinic in the city of La Entrada. Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Latin America and has one of the...

Baseball Builds Bridges

Baseball Builds Bridges

We live in a fractured and polarized world, with people driven apart by race, culture, politics and religion. But baseball builds bridges. The Washington Nationals are the 2019 National League Champions, winning a pennant for their city for the first time since 1933....

The Problem of ACEs

The Problem of ACEs

I recently returned from a Presbyterian conference in Western North Carolina. There, I gathered with colleagues and focused on spiritual, emotional, financial and vocational health. I also learned about the problem of ACEs. ACEs is not a card game that we pastors...

When Big Fails, Go Small

When Big Fails, Go Small

The Roman Empire fell in the year 476, and historian Edward Gibbon said it was “the greatest, perhaps, and most awful scene, in the history of mankind.” But positive things continued to happen throughout Europe. Perhaps the lesson is: When big fails, go small. In The...

Unexpected Friends

Unexpected Friends

My friend Jason DeParle moved to the Philippines in the 1980s and lived with a Filipino family in a shantytown. They became unexpected friends. Now DeParle, a New York Times journalist, has written a book on global migration called A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves....

Canary in the Coal Mine

Canary in the Coal Mine

"We are in trouble,” said the Secretary General of the United Nations. “We are in deep trouble with climate change.” Harley Camden felt as though his river town of Occoquan was going to be the canary in the coal mine. In my upcoming novel Windows of the Heavens,...

“I Love Jihad So Much”

“I Love Jihad So Much”

Several weeks ago, the FBI arrested two men at the Tucson airport, under suspicion of supporting ISIS. One of the men said, "I love jihad so much." The threat of terrorist attacks is real, both in the US and in countries such as Egpyt. According to the Arizona...