Sunday Posts

I have printed a “Sunday Letter” to share with my congregations (each week) for about 30 years. The original letters were written on a Sunday morning and printed off on a copy machine…in time to hand out when people arrived at church.  They still get distributed on Sunday mornings where I serve.  But they also get sent through the Internet now on Sunday afternoons…around the world…to over 300 people.  Click the links below to check out the letters.  Starting on September 17, 2020 I started an election diary to sharing my 1) thoughts and 2) feelings about the 2020 election.  A link to those diaries is also provided in this list (see below.)  

September 5, 2021:  Son of a Rogue

May 16–August 31:  no letters, Sabbatical

May 9, 2021:  A Story with No Women

May 2, 2021:  Messing with Texas

April 25, 2021  (no letter)

April 18, 2021:  Preacher Socks

April 11, 2021:  Year of Disembodied Relationships

April 4, 2021  (no letter)

March 28, 2021:  Send the Pastor Home

March 21, 2021:  I Used to be a Pesky Child

March 14, 2021:  It All Started with Bozo

March 7, 2021:  How to Be a Manly Man

February 28, 2021:  If A President Comes to Dinner

February 21, 2021:  Presidential Perks

February 14, 2021:  Truthiness

January 10-31, 2021  (sick, no letter)

January 3, 2021:  Year in Review

ELECTION DIARIES

(September 17–February 7, 2021)

June 13–September 1  (no letter)

June 7, 2020:  Permit Me to Rile You Up

May 31, 2020:  The Bishop, the President, and the Proctologist

May 24, 2020:  Memorial Day Stories

May 17, 2020:  Getting Rid of Our Clothes

May 10, 2020:  My Mom

May 3, 2020:  Getting Ready for World Donkey Day

April 26, 2020:  The World’s Worst Game

April 19, 2020:  Pride from One to Ninety-One

April 12, 2020:  Post-Easter Preacher Brain

April 5, 2020: The Oddest Thing on My Road to Retirement

March 29, 2020:  Something Other than Virus Stuff

March 22, 2020:  Sometimes It’s Easy, Sometimes It’s Not

March 15, 2020:  My Inflexible Piety, Stubborn Pride

March 13: 2020:  Special Pastoral:   Protocol for Coronavirus

March 8, 2020:  It Used to Be Really Great

March 1, 2020:  Old Fashioned Church Politics

February 23, 2020:  The Apostle Paul on an Internet Date

February 16, 2020:  Fixen to Buy a House

February 9, 2020:  Blessed Are the Troublemakers

February 2, 2020:  Theology of the Wienermobile

January 26, 2020:  Year of the Rat

January 19, 2020:  The Pope Slaps a Troublemaker…Hmm

January 5, 12, 2020:  No Letters

December 29, 2019:  Year in Review

December 22, 2019:  no letter (flu season)

December 15, 2019: They’re Laughing at Me

December 8, 2019:  For Everything There is a Season:  Retirement

December 1, 2019:  Name Them One by One

November 24, 2019:  The Good Old Days

November 17, 2019:  Getting Along Better with Hillbillies

November 10, 2019:  And Am I Still Alive?

November 3, 2019: I Thought My Wife Was Trying to Kill Me

October 27, 2019:  Okay…Now I’m Really Mad

October 20, 2019:  Can You Wear Your Playboy Jacket in Church?

October 13, 2019:  Pickles and Peppers

October 6: 2019:  If You’re Happy and You Know It

September 29, 2019:  How I Got to Be a Pastor

September 22, 2019:  Eating Out:  the Old Fashioned Way

September 15, 2019:  The Preacher and the Plumber

September 8, 2019:  A Baby, A Grandpa, and a Baptism

September 1, 2019:  no letter, traveling in Madison, Wisconsin

August 25, 2019:  no letter, traveling in Yellowstone National Park

August 18, 2019:  Looks Like No Room at the Inn

August 11, 2019:  I Never Knew That About My Parents

August 4, 2019:  The Story of Two-Face

July 28, 2019:  Weird Pastors

July 21, 2019:  Too Many Stupid Conversations About Race

July 14, 2019:  How Wise I Am

July 7, 2019:  Hello Again

May 19 through June 30, 2019:  no letters, health sabbatical

May 12, 2019:  Front Porch Mother’s Day

April 28 & May 5, 2019:  no letters, health sabbatical

April 21, 2019:  Hams and Lilies

April 14, 2019:  The Titanic and This Year’s Confirmation Class

April 7, 2019:  Keeping My Hands to Myself

March 31, 2019:  My Dad’s Stroke Yesterday

March 24, 2019:  Southern Stories…and Dangers

March 17, 2019:  Birth…and a Brush with Death

March 10, 2019:  Month of March:  Just Like the Book of Revelation

March 3, 2019:  Who is Your Favorite Psychopath?

February 26, 2019:  Special Report:  What Next? (A Tuesday Extra Letter)

February 24, 2019:  Can You Get Kicked Out of the Church?

February 17, 2019:  Oil Leaks

February 10, 2019:  Long Live the Pig

February 3, 2019:  One Tough Baby

January 27, 2019:  Getting Through to Earl-the-Cat

January 20, 2019: Snow Days

January 13:  Alligators in the Congregation

January 6, 2019:  no letter, on vacation

December 30:  Salute to 2018

December 23:  Prayers for Peace

December 16:  Scrooge Christmas Lists

December 9, 2018: Judging a Book by Its Cover

December 2, 2018:  Your 13 Secrets

November 25, 2018:  Scrutinizing My Friends

November 18, 2018:  Whimsical, But Sincere Prayer of Thanksgiving

November 11, 2018:  Loser, Loser

November 4, 2018:  Happy Days Are Here Again

October 28, 2018:  The Devil in the Mailbox

October 21, 2018:  Bad Story…Good Story

October 14, 2018:  The Anecdote

October 7, 2018:  Trouble Ahead This Tuesday

September 30, 2018:  Birth and Death and Anniversaries

September 23, 2018:  Going Batty

September 16, 2018:  What Birth Reveals

September 9, 2018:  No letter due to gag order on baby news

September 2, 2018:  No letter, hand injury due to fight with bat

August 26, 2018:  A Public Enemy

August 19, 2018:  Modern Music

August 12, 2018:  Beans, Please

August 5, 2018:  English:  Butchering the Rules

July 29, 2018:  Let Us Celebrate with Bagels and Duct Tape and Mules

July 22, 2018:  A Crop of New Preachers

July 15, 2018:  When the Math Doesn’t Add Up

July 8, 2018:  A Conversation with Mother Goose

July 1, 2018:  Musings About My Country

June 24, 2018:  The Strenuous Life

June 17, 2018:  Ten Things About My Dad

June 10, 2018:  The Least Visited State in the Country

May 27, June 3, 2018:  no letters, vacation Sundays

May 20, 2018:  Hard to Start

May 13, 2018:  Moms in the Olden Days

May 6, 2018:  Second Grandchild

April 29, 2018:  Nostalgia

April 22, 2018:  Ode From an Earthling

April 15, 2018:  Taxes Again

April 8, 2018:  Books and Books and Books

April 1, 2018:  Reruns and Easter

March 25, 2018:  I Need to Find Out Their Names

March 18, 2018:  Secrets from the Bedroom Closet

March 11, 2018:  Circling Around to Coffee

March 4, 2018:  A Different Kind of Holy Land Trip

February 18 and 25:  No letters, traveling in Israel

February 11, 2018:  Best After School Job in the Country

February 4, 2018:  Did Noah Take Deodorant on the Ark?

January 28, 2018:  Gin and Prune Juice

January 21, 2018:  First Impressions

January 14, 2018: Keeping Up to Date

January 7, 2018:  New Orleans Diary

December 31, 2017:  Farewell to 2017

December 25, 2017:  Recovery

November 12–December 17, 2017:  No letter (due to hand surgery)

November 5, 2017:  Retirement Assumptions

October 29, 2017:  The Time I Got Chased Around the Sanctuary

October 22, 2017:  Daisy Petals:  They Love Me…They Don’t…

October 15, 2017:  People Who Save Me from Myself

October 8, 2017:  Tired of Being Good

October 1, 2017:  Where Did Everything Go?

September 24, 2017: Shots at the High School

September 17, 2017:  My Dangerous Job

September 10, 2017:  Keeping Up with Political Correctness

September 3, 2017:  National Courtesy Month

August 27, 2017:  If You Don’t Go to Their Funeral

August 20, 2017:  Eclipse

August 13, 2017:  State Fairs

August 6, 2017: Church League Softball

July 31, 2017:  Eulogies for the Living

July 23, 2017:  Fresh New Pastors on the Way

July 16, 2017:  My Brother’s Keeper

July 9, 2017:  Summer Favorites

July 2, 2017:  Heartbroken…and Then What?

June 25, 2017:  Things the Old Cars Didn’t Do

June 18, 2017:  TV Dads vs. Real Dads

June 11, 2017:  A Methodist Business Trip

June 4, 2017:  Grading the Presidents

May 14, 21, 28:  No letters

May 7, 2017:  Writers in the Family

April 30, 2017:  All the Rain

April 23, 2017:  The Other Marathon

April 16, 2017:  We’re Having Company

April 9, 2017:  What Color is Your Personality

April 2, 2017:  The Birthday Cat

March 26, 2017:  Grandma’s Cooking Lessons

March 19, 2017:  Let Me Apologize for My Apology

March 12, 2017:  Two Birds in the Bush Are Better Than One in My Hand

March 5, 2017:  Mattress Stories

February 26, 2017:  Allergies:  Fighting a Faux Foe

February 19, 2017:  Laughing Like an Ape

February 12, 2017: Hawaii Diary

February 5, 2017:  no letter

January 29, 2017:  Bucket List Update

January 22, 2017:  New Guy Takes Over

January 15, 2017:  Still Interpreting Dreams

January 8, 2017:  Teaching the Preacher to Cuss

January 1, 2017:  Farewell to 2016

December 25, 2016:  Once Again the Plans Don’t Work

December 18, 2016: Ways to be Santa Claus

December 11, 2016:  Parsonages, Houses, and Homes

December 4, 2016:  What the Nose Knows

November 27, 2016:  Midlife Crisis?

November 20, 2016:  Boring People Never Blunder

November 13, 2016:  Last Man Standing:  Trump

November 6, 2016:  Elwood

October 30, 2016:  Baloney Sandwich

October 23, 2016:  (no letter)

October 16, 2016:  Ashamed

October 9, 2016:  Methodist Monk at a Woman’s Monastery

October 2, 2016:  Forty-Four

September 25, 2016:  I’m Reaching My Peak

September 18, 2016:  Men vs. Women

September 11 2016:  The Dog Sent From God???

September 4, 2016:  A Penny For Your Thoughts

August 28, 2016:  Just Sitting Around

August 21, 2016:  What I Did Instead of Becoming an Olympian

August 14, 2016:  State Fair

August 7, 2016:  Mommy, Where Do Pastors Come From?

July 31, 2016:  There’s a WHAT in Your Parsonage (the Rat)

July 24, 2016:  Why Married People Are Looney

July 17, 2016:  You Learn a Lot About a Guy from His Stuff

July 10, 2016:  Moving:  Goodbye Home

July 3, 2016:  Beginning of a Pastorate:  A Time for Ignorance

June 26, 2016:  End of a Pastorate:  Promises, Promises

June 19, 2016:  To My Dad…and His Animals

June 12, 2016:  Watching My Daughter Join the Country

June 5, 2016:  Tribute to My Car  (reprint from July 1996)

May 29, 2016:  When Generations Mix, Mix-ups Occur  (reprint from May 2013)

May 22, 2016:  Is There a Grandparent in the House?

May 15, 2016:  Shocked by the Chinese

May 8, 2016:  History of Our Mothers

May 1, 2016:  Taking Our Stories to the Next Chapter

April 24, 2016: Is There Anything New Under the Sun?

April 17, 2016:  Fretting About My New Neighbors

April 10, 2016:  My New Chums

April 3, 2016:  Time to Play

March 27, 2016:  Did You Hear the Latest News?

March 13, 2016:  Letting My Brain Roam

March 6, 2016:  When the Road Puts You to Sleep

February 28, 2016:  When the Going Gets Tough

February 21, 2016:  Everything I Know About First Aid

February 14, 2016:  Keeping Your Nose Clean

February 7, 2016:  Rules for Camping

January 31, 2016:  Let Me in This Fight

January 24, 2016:  It Once Was Lost, But Now Is Found

January 17, 2016:  Are You a Boring Person?

January 10, 2016:  Fortune Cookies and New Year Resolutions

January 3, 2016  (no letter)