Pre-Order Beautiful and Terrible Things

Westminster John Knox Press has just posted the page to pre-order my book Beautiful and Terrible Things: A Christian Struggle with Suffering, Grief, and Hope. It is an exciting day! The Amazon link will be coming shortly and I will post that when it goes live. The description from the publisher: Bible scholar Christian Brady, an expert on Old Testament lament, was as prepared as a person could be for the death of a child—which […]

The Birth of Good Friday

This essay was written as part of the outreach program of The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Lexington to continue to minister to our community in this time of uncertainty and “social distancing” that requires not meeting in person. For essays by my friends and colleagues go to “Calming the Storm.” That Good Friday was a cool and overcast spring day in central Texas. It was appropriate for what was always a somber day in the […]

PhotoBlog – Coping with COVID

Photography has been my primary hobby since I was a very young 4-H member. I usually have a camera with me (aside from my phone) but lately have had little time to curate my images. The online home for that is my PhotoBlog@Targuman. While under our current home-stay situation I am fortunate that we back up on a lovely trail and have a lot of birds in our area. Wildlife photography is something I have […]

“All shall be well”

Two weeks ago, as part of Good Shepherd’s “Calming the Storm” series of essays, my friend Mark Medley’s essay “The Psalter and the Mystic” reminded us of Julian of Norwich. He talked about the challenges she faced in her own life when she and her community many times faced plagues. Mark notes, “Julian is a witness to remain steadfast in the love of Christ in very anxious times.” He then shares her famous prayer. In […]

In Sickness and in Health

This essay was written as part of the outreach program of The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Lexington to continue to minister to our community in this time of uncertainty and “social distancing” that requires not meeting in person. For essays by my friends and colleagues go to “Calming the Storm.” “Lord, you have been our refuge, from one generation to another.”  This is the opening line of Psalm 90, a psalm of national lament that […]

Not even a virus can separate us from the love of God.

This essay was written as part of the outreach program of The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Lexington to continue to minister to our community in this time of uncertainty and “social distancing” that requires not meeting in person. For essays by my friends and colleagues go to “Calming the Storm.” In August of 2005, my wife and I, with our two, young children, joined thousands of others in evacuating from New Orleans […]

“Your light shall break forth like the dawn.”

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany (February 9, 2020) – Audio Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12) Psalm 112:1-9 (10) 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16) Matthew 5:13-20 “Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.” In the name of… ✠ This week on a Facebook group that I am a part of and where we discuss […]

Prayers for Impeachment

Last semester I was meeting with a University of Kentucky alumnus who has a senior position in the US Court system. During the Clinton impeachment, he was an assistant to the Chief Justice and shared with me some stories from that time and provided some insight as well. The most interesting thing he shared, however, was the anecdote about an interviewer’s question and his response. He was asked, “Who did you think was the most […]