Evil for Evil, Reviling for Reviling

“He hit me!” her indignant little voice exclaims. I turn my attention to the offender. “Did you hit her?” “Yes, because she bit me!” I know now that I’m going to turn my head more than a spectator at a tennis match. Read more

Do You Understand the Words that are Coming Out of My Mouth!

Do you love pizza? Really? You have developed an affinity for pizza? You appreciate a well-made pie? A hot slice warms your body and enlivens your soul? Great! Sounds amazing. That’s not love. Love is not a level of “like.” Like and Love are different in kind, not merely in degree. Love is not affinity, it’s not affection, it’s certainly not enjoyment. You can’t love pizza. As I tell my children, “We love people, not things.” Read more

Of Watchers and Witnesses

So, gentle reader, how do you avoid the trap of demonizing your opponent and letting all hellfire loose upon their inane, inferior argument (for the spiritual safety of others who might be led astray by their malevolent attempt to twist doctrine and decency for their own gain… of course)? Remember the three R’s. Read more

Of Reciprocity and Recounting

I was honored a few years ago to be on the Journey Home, and what I took away from it was that an hour is not nearly enough time to tell about a journey that took 10 years. You can watch that episode below, but be sure to tune in this Saturday at 4:00 PM Eastern via the Breadbox Media App or Live Stream as Marcus Grodi and I explore the power of our stories. Read more

Synergy, vol. 2

Scott Eric Alt joins me tomorrow on my radio show, Outside The Walls, to talk about the power of perspective, and how our experience shapes the way we view the world. Tune in via the Breadbox Media App or Live Stream tomorrow at 4:00 PM Eastern as Scott Eric Alt and I explore the difference between perspective informing our view and preconception distorting our view! Read more

Of Road Trips and Rest Stops

Here we are as far as we could be from my days leading the band in my protestant days. Here there is no set-list of songs to help us feel the presence of God. Here there is no effort in shedding my daily worries to open my heart up to commune with God because the candle is lit; God is present. Read more

Of Perseverance and Participation Medals

I recalled my own small trophies from my childhood. They sit in a box gathering dust beside the small plastic busts of classical composers that I received from my piano lessons. These cheap trinkets certainly weren’t life-changing. They didn’t cause me to expect the world to give me a hand-out, but they did provide a moment of joy. Read more

Of Humility and Humor

Tune in via the Breadbox Media App or Live Stream this Saturday at 4:00 PM Eastern to hear Andy Gullahorn discuss skinny jeans, papal cereals, middle toes, and how these relate to the power of storytelling. When Andy sings of brokenness and loss, the gravity of his lyrics and the sincerity of his performance confirms that he is relating his own experience. He sings with humility as someone who knows what it is like to have lost everything but hope, and for that hope to hold strong. Read more

Of Bootstraps and Brotherhood

We are all connected, this is the basis of the principle of solidarity. We are brothers. We are family. And we cannot only be concerned for our tribe. We must recognize the face of our father in the faces of the poor, the oppressed, the depressed, and the isolated. We must do everything within our power to relieve the suffering of the afflicted. How this is accomplished, we may not agree, but we cannot pretend that it is not each of our personal responsibility to care for our suffering brother. Read more


Fellow Patheos blogger and Breadbox Media Host Jonathan Ryan joins me tomorrow on my radio show, Outside The Walls, to talk about the power of a story, and how good fiction helps form the way we view our non-fiction lives. Tune in via the Breadbox Media App or Live Stream tomorrow at 4:00 PM Eastern for our discussion of weird fiction and popular piety! Don’t forget to call 252-OTW-SHOW (252-689-7469) and tell me what piece of fiction has most impacted your non-fiction life. Read more

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