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…]

Synergy

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…]

The Sea of Grief and the Ship of Belief

You never really get over the loss of a child. The grief doesn’t ever work itself out; it just hibernates for a while. And it only takes one misstep from someone who doesn’t understand, some transgression from a friend of family member, to plunge you back into the depths of that sorrow. Tonight, I had to explain to my children why their dad was shouting words-that-they’ve-never-heard-in-their-short-little-lives during nap time. [Read more…]