The First Time I Walked My Son Through Loss

May 10, 2017Church, Prayer, Reflections

Last night, my son lost his first pet; a guinea pig named “Morris.” At first, Asa seemed to take the news of Morris’ passing in stride, dutifully and almost happily helping pick an appropriately-sized box for the guinea pig’s small body. “Dad, we should have a funeral.” “Absolutely. Do you want to have a small … 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

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