Let’s Skip A Few Drinks…

February 28, 2017Advocacy, Lent

…and change a few lives. Every year for the past six years I’ve had the privilege of inviting friends, family and neighbors to join me on a journey through the season of Lent. As part of that journey, we’ve generally partnered with Blood:Water to ensure our Lenten practice made a difference in the lives of others. Let’s do … Read More

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

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

Lenten Journey: Deliver Us From Evil

March 21, 2016Lent, Lenten Journey 2016, Prayer

This will be our final look at the prayer Jesus taught his disciples, which we have been calling “The Lord’s Prayer.” Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread and forgive us our … Read More

Lenten Journey: Maturity And Disappointment

March 18, 2016Lent, Lenten Journey 2016, Prayer

“May my disappointments in myself and others lead me to hope for and work for change rather than lead me to distance myself.” – From “Prayer: 40 Days of Practice”  — In his novelized biography of Vincent Van Gogh, Irving Stone’s dramatizes a poignant and insightful conversation between Vincent and his brother, Theo. If you … Read More

Lenten Journey: May My Past Never Rule Me

March 16, 2016Lent, Lenten Journey 2016, Prayer

“Though I know I am impacted by my past, may it never rule me or define who I am entirely.” – From Prayer: 40 Days of Practice  “Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the … Read More

Lenten Journey: Forgive Us As We Forgive

March 14, 2016Lent, Lenten Journey 2016, Prayer

Every Monday through Lent, we’re looking at an aspect of the Lord’s Prayer. Today, let’s take a look at “Forgive Us…” Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come 
Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses … Read More

Lenten Journey: Weakness and Authenticity

March 11, 2016Lent, Lenten Journey 2016, Prayer

“May I never consider my weaknesses and faults the larger or most authentic part of me.” – From Prayer: 40 Days of Practice  My experience of the suggestion “let’s get real” is that it is often code for “let’s talk about darkness.” The underlying assumption being that what is most real in you and I … Read More