Dragged into Healing at Wild Goose

Last week I was given the opportunity to share my experience, strength, and hope at the Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, NC. Most of the time in the rainy, humid mountains was spent eating and enjoying each other’s presence. Friends old and new created a space to be authentic and to discover parts of [Read More…]

The “War on Christmas” is Sinful

The entire “War on Christmas” debate is exactly the opposite of what it should be. There is utterly no threat to my freedom to begin the Advent season of the Church year culminating in the celebration of the Nativity of Christ. The freedom to express my faith how my conscience sees fit is not the [Read More…]

Why the Pope Bothers Me

I hear accolades of wonder and amazement every time we see the pope reaching out to the poor, washing feet of addicts, maintaining his vow of poverty, or telling us that the church should be more welcoming and forgiving. None of our gratitude goes undeserved and it is well placed towards these acts of love. [Read More…]

Peace, Bombs, and Discrimination Don’t Mix

Sarah Moon is offering a series of posts on pacifism that dispel some myths about pacifism and challenge those who call themselves pacifists. This morning, I was drawn to this statement: When you start to see dehumanization and oppression and poverty as violence, you have to admit that no matter how anti-violence you are, you may [Read More…]

Being Great is Miserable

The chances of changing the world are slim. If you want to try, go for it. But the result might be guilt and misery. Regret from setting too lofty of goals is what tends to happen if those goals are unachievable. In a society where more is never enough we tend to aim for the [Read More…]

The Jesus Problem

Scot McKnight is reading through N.T. Wright’s massive book, Paul and the Faithfulness of God. This is the hottest thing since the last baffling thing said out of the mouth of Pat Robertson or Mark Driscoll. The good news is that this is good to talk about and not a colossal waste of time. I [Read More…]

Starting Over

I have neglected this blog for too long. I spent a hiatus finishing my Ph.D. and thank God that is over. But like any commencement, a graduation just means that one enters into a new role in the journey of life and education. To recap the intent of this blog: After spending time working through [Read More…]

The “When” of Atonement

It looks like Atonement is entering the orbit of the blogosphere again. Here is another post from Tony Jones and a response from Chris Rosebrough. Scott Paeth continues with a different set of interesting questions. Usually what happens is a misunderstanding of the teaching of the Church Fathers in order to support a view that [Read More…]

Parenting Without Passion

One of the principles of prayer is to recognize thoughts, emotions, and ideas to which we are attached and then let them go. As the Orthodox Cherubic hymn says, “Let us lay aside all earthly care.” The early church fathers and the monks and mystics through the ages have a similar term for this called [Read More…]