Politics and Spiritual Formation

February 26, 2017Christianity, Lent, Politics

In all honesty, I don’t care much about President Donald Trump, The GOP, the DNC,… For me, politics is a matter of spiritual formation. Certainly, it matters to some degree what you and I believe to be true in the political realm. But those beliefs and perspectives take root in our souls; and our souls … Read More

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

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

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

@ 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

The Pulse Shooting: I Am Implicated

June 15, 2016Christianity, Church, Leadership, Reconciliation

It’s about guns. It’s about militant Islam. It’s about mental health. I think I find it conveniently comforting to pin violence and tragedy on one issue or another because it means I am not implicated. If it’s about guns, I don’t own one and can blame gun-owners or politicians. If it’s about militant Islam, I’m … Read More

Is Christian Music Dishonest?

April 30, 2016Christianity, Church, Creativity, Discipleship, Worship

Is music in the “Christian marketplace” markedly dishonest? Specifically in the way its writers address the darker aspects of life? More so than music made in the broader, “General market” is? In his a Fuller-curated conversation between Bono  and Eugene Peterson, Bono suggests as much. I’m not so sure. Let’s see what Drake has to say about the deeper … Read More