Doug's Blog - Musings about faith, life, culture

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Doug's Blog - Musings about faith, life, culture
I'm an American pastor, author of several books, runner, husband, father of two daughters, and I write about faith, life, culture, and more.
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  • Letter from Lucerne, Switzerland 2 weeks ago Here’s my October column for the Holland Sentinel… The Swiss like to shake hands. They like a firm handshake with lots of eye contact. In Switzerland, it’s considered rude not to shake hands with everyone before leaving a social gathering, even if doing so requires a considerable amount of...
  • "How are you enjoying Holland?" 2 months ago Here’s my September column for the Holland Sentinel… “How are you enjoying Holland?” my dentist wanted to know last week at my annual checkup. I had been a new patient only a year ago, so the question was an appropriate one. However, with his fingers exploring my mouth, I couldn’t do much...
  • The moral urgency of "plastic or paper?" 2 months ago Here’s my August column for the Holland Sentinel: “Paper or plastic?” the person at the grocery cash register asked, without looking up (or saying hello). “I brought my own bags,” I said, proudly, holding them up for her to see. And with that, of course, she looked up—to get a good look...
  • Living with meaning and purpose 4 months ago Here is my July column for the Holland Sentinel… I’m still not sure how it happened, but one day I woke up and, curiously, I was retired. Of course I had planned for it, as much as it’s possible to plan for something like retirement. And I recognize that not everyone gets to choose the...
  • Not going to church anymore 5 months ago Here’s my Holland Sentinel column for June: I don’t go to church much anymore, and haven’t attended regularly since 1980, when I stopped being a church member altogether. I have mostly good memories of going to church, with my parents and my sisters, but for most of my adult life I have...

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