Notes From Jubilee 2017

February 23, 2017Christianity, Church, Reflections

I took a truckload of notes at  The Jubilee Conference. Instead of dump them all out, here are a few highlights and the thoughts these highlights stir in me: – “In chaos, tyranny thrives.” -Jon Tyson I realized that I am often drawn to gatherings like Jubilee (and Jubilee specially) not so much by a … Read More

Baseball, Prayer, Lent and Practice

February 22, 2017Church, Lent, Prayer

Practice might not make perfect… but it certainly can shape a soul. A few years ago, author/journalist David Brooks wrote a short piece about the way baseball has “hacked the human brain.” Showing up early for a baseball game, he saw a 38-year-old major league player running drills at first base; the same drills 6-10 year old kids … Read More

Don’t Quit.

February 7, 2017Christianity, Church, Creativity, Discipleship, Doubt, Politics, Prayer, Sermons

My religious tradition uses the word “evil” or “darkness.” Steven Pressfield calls it “Resistance.” And while there are volumes written about it, the one thing I’ve come to know/believe about evil/darkness/Resistance is that it plays the long game. More than anything else, darkness or evil counts on you and I quitting at some point. So don’t. Getting … Read More

Leftists, Right-Wingers and the Human Space Between

January 23, 2017Politics

Treating someone like they’re the physical (or digital) embodiment of a political platform is an absolute farce. Want to know about someone’s political mindset? Ask her questions like she’s a whole person. Critique him like he’s a person. Just don’t ask someone to personally answer for, apologize for or justify your limited interpretation of a … Read More

Thoughts About Rogue One (Spoilers)

December 16, 2016Reviews, Star Wars

Rogue One SPOILERS AHEAD…. proceed with caution… As I said with Episode VII, I don’t know if it is possible to underplay the difficulty of making a Star Wars film. The expectations are high and the emotional connection is so deep. With Rogue One, we can add to that the foreknowledge an audience has of … Read More

Earning The Right To Christmas

December 7, 2016Christianity, Worship

If I want the public practice/expression of my faith to be welcomed by those who don’t share it, I get to (have to) earn that right. I’ve never argued someone into respecting my faith. Ever. I’ve only ever lived well enough that folks who might even despise my religion choose to respect my practice of … Read More

White Supremacy and Me

November 26, 2016Justice, Politics, Race, Reconciliation

White supremacy is rarely direct. That’s part of why so few of us believe we have any kind of relationship to it. But bad ideas, like all ideas, evolve and adapt over time. Good and bad ideas, if they evolve to become part of our regular living, tend to become “invisible” or “baked in,” so … Read More

Media Bias, Hatred and Empathy

November 4, 2016Justice, Politics, Reconciliation, Teaching

The media is biased. Now, let’s put aside the more nuanced reality that there is no “Media” in the sense that there is no singular, monolithic “MediaBeast” that can effectively, collectively or helpfully be critiqued. Let’s agree that there are, instead, thousands (maybe tens of thousands?) of news outlets and platforms, each rooted in and sifting information through its … Read More

@ Sea Podcast #8: Katelyn Beaty

October 14, 2016Christianity, Podcast, Politics, Reconciliation

My guest on episode 8 is author and journalist Katelyn Beaty. Christianity Today made Katelyn the first female managing editor in the magazine’s 60-year history. She also happened to be the youngest managing editor during that same time span.  Earlier this year, she released her first book, Entitled “A Woman’s Place: A Christian Vision for … Read More