I try to steer clear of politics on this blog, but as you all know, this election cycle has been a cyclone of political horror as the King of Bombast and Banality has faced off against the Queen of IPES (Inappropriate Personal Email Servers). So I can't help it. I have to break my blog... Continue Reading →
Celebrating 10 years of marriage with Krista today. I have so much respect and love for this woman and the wisdom, strength, beauty, and gentleness she radiates on a daily basis. I’ve said “I love you” maybe 8000 times in that span. I once heard a fancy preacher say that love is simply a commitment... Continue Reading →
“Out of love for the truth and the desire to bring it to light, the following propositions will be discussed at Wittenberg, under the presidency of the Reverend Father Martin Luther, Master of Arts and of Sacred Theology…. Wherefore he requests that those who are unable to be present and debate orally with us, may... Continue Reading →
(A white guy writing about racism is fraught with the danger of saying something completely asinine. I want to acknowledge that on the front end. I welcome the criticism of anything I say below. I probably need a lot of help on the issue...) As I was thinking through what to write about what has happened... Continue Reading →
I have found it incredibly difficult to shake the death of Robin Williams these last couple of days. It’s had me thinking about depression, suicide, celebrity, my own mortality, and the pain of this world that keeps on spinning even as children die over ideological differences or the color of their skin. It’s overwhelming. Robin Williams... Continue Reading →
So, in successfully rejecting an insipid “hippie, diaper, halo Christ,” we may unintentionally protect and uphold the white supremacist Jesus, the colonial Jesus, the Eurocentric Jesus, the Republican or Democrat Jesus, the capitalist or communist Jesus, the slave-owning Jesus, the nuclear bomb–dropping America-first Jesus, the organ-music stained-glass nostalgic-sentimental Jesus, the antiscience know-nothing simpleton Jesus, the... Continue Reading →
This is a guest post from my wife, Krista. I think it’s one of the best things she’s ever written.
Live a day of it and see.
Nobody claims that it will be entirely painless, but no matter.
Today is your birthday and there are many presents to open.
The world is to open.
~ Frederick Buechner
i made this fiber art piece while i was in labor with my second child. only i didn’t know i was in labor as i stitched and sewed, printed and glued. but my baby was moving inside and life was about to get very messy and very beautiful in a little tennessee home that sunday afternoon.
fast-forward two years: i never could have known the pain and presents i’d receive since my baby was born. physical sickness, great disappointments, dear friends moved away, relational discord with people important to me, spirit weakness, a daunting obstacle to emotional healing…and yet…sunsets, sunrises, smiles, kisses, beauty, blossoming friendships, healing, laughter, an unquenchable marital love, and brokenness.
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When I stepped out of my car in the parking lot at work this morning, I took a deep breath. There was a very light mist in the air and it was about 67°. I thought to myself, "Ah, Oregon." I would love to move to the Northwest one day for the same reason that someone... Continue Reading →
I've got one more burst on this conversation about doubt and faith to follow up my last post. This all started with an article I recently read at Sojourners in which the author described his journey through and with doubt. I was encouraged to read how he has been able to find a place for... Continue Reading →