How to Grow Up (or at least free up)

I wondered what they thought at the next table. Dr. Waetjen was quite exorcized when he said it: you’ve got to decide which is primary, which gets priority – being or becoming. A non-theologian probably isn’t going to understand that, but I swear, everyone needs to understand it. You can start from that “sin” place [Read More…]

SIN: Has the Church Abdicated?

In writing more on this blog I’ve been finding my voice in a different way. I’ve been a preacher for 20 years. I love preaching. I live for it really, but not doing it for some time I find that in this role, my voice has changed. That happens when you’re a preacher, but it [Read More…]

What the Pope Said About Charleston

News cycles being what they are, it seems that the Pope’s encyclical on the environment didn’t get the play it might have if there hadn’t been an eruption of hatred from the racist volcano last Wednesday night in Charleston. That’s how I think of it, an eruption of something that is active and insidious but [Read More…]

Must We Talk About the confederate Flag?

Do we really have to listen to arguments about whether the confederate flag, (deliberate typo), over South Carolina’s Capitol should come down? It’s a smoke screen. It shouldn’t take up any air time at all. We’ve got more important things to address. Don’t get me wrong; it should definitely come down, but that should’ve been [Read More…]

Escape, Freedom, and Pleasure

I just found out I’m preaching again on July 4th weekend. Sure enough every year it rolls around, and even when I’m not installed as the preacher in a particular congregation, I find that I’m asked to sub in for someone on vacation. What do you preach about? Freedom of course. It’s such a juicy [Read More…]

You Should Be Ashamed of Yourself

It breaks my heart but I keep doing it. It breaks my heart but I keep on reading the news . . . for a long time every day. I haven’t been doing it forever. Sometimes I’ll go months without really paying attention but there has been something about the mood of society, something about [Read More…]

Felt Crushed, But I Got It

I preached at a Center for Spiritual Living last Sunday and I learned that the church has a serious image problem. I’m usually game to try and recover that image, to use my voice to gently prod the church in a direction that will offer good news in a way that can be heard, but [Read More…]

Hand on the Mirror and the Fallacy of a Supernatural God

The Hand on the Mirror: A True Story of Life Beyond Death is a curious book, but let me start by saying that I’m grateful for it. The author, Janis Durham, a former managing Editor of the Sacramento Bee, writes about several experiences she’s had following the death of her husband. They’re what we’d call paranormal [Read More…]

Happify and Integral Theory

The reader will be forgiven for thinking that “Happify” is a silly name, but having spent some time with the program I’ve come to think of it as whimsical. In the all important field of “branding” these days, it’s important for a name to capture the essence of the product you are offering. On that [Read More…]

Success Summit 3.0 and Outrageous Love Letters

Just back from the Success Summit 3.0 in Boulder, four amazing, heart opening days with business leaders, entertainment leaders, along with students of relationship – relationships among humans, relationship to the presence of God. It was a bit of a Trojan horse for some I’d imagine. We came to redefine success in 2015 and put [Read More…]