Yes, We’re Religious But So What?


This post is part of a Patheos roundtable conversation on the new book Life’s Too Short to Pretend You’re Not Religious by David Dark. David Dark presents a clever, imaginative, humorous, and insightful text in his new book, challenging us to fess up to our religiosity. Yes, we are religious, all of us, but the practical [Read More...]

Can a Saint be a Badass?


Can a saint be a “badass”? Can a saint be tough, sometimes abrasive, embodied, highly imperfect, and sensual? Can a saint be married, possibly divorced, but still God-centered? Author Maria Morera Johnson’s clear response in her new book is “Yes.” Or as Oscar Wilde asserted, “every saint has a past and every sinner has a [Read More...]

Grace Sufficient for Every Need: On ‘The Vulnerable Pastor’


Book Review: The Vulnerable Pastor: How Human Limitations Empower Our Ministry By Mandy Smith As I read Mandy Smith’s The Vulnerable Pastor, my spirit turned to the words of the Apostle Paul: “God said to me ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.’ So, I will boast all the more [Read More...]

Staying Put: Stability and Novelty in the Spiritual Journey


Carl McColman’s Befriending Silence: Discovering the Gifts of Cistercian Spirituality presents a mystical spirituality for everyday people. You don’t have to be in a monastery to experience God. You can be an everyday mystic, while you’re fixing breakfast for your children, driving to work, caring for an elderly parent, or giving your spouse a massage. [Read More...]

Walking with Jesus: Reflections on Danielle Shroyer’s “Where Jesus Prayed”


In her new book, Where Jesus Prayed, Danielle Shroyer takes us on a spiritual walk with the Lord’s Prayer as her companion. She reminds us that faith is always on the move, and on the move, she discovers new dimensions of this ancient prayer, often lost when we repeat it sitting in church. [Read more...]

Hospice and Healing: A Response to Janet Wehr’s ‘Peaceful Passages’


This post is part of a roundtable conversation for the Patheos Book Club on the new book, Peaceful Passages: A Hospice Nurse’s Stories of Dying Well, by Janet Wehr, RN. As a pastor, I have recommended hospice to congregants and friends for nearly thirty years. There comes a time when we need to let go [Read More...]

When Jesus Shows Up: A Response to James Stuart Bell’s ‘Encountering Jesus’


God is present everywhere, inspiring everyone, all the time, and every so often we notice it. Revelation is natural and built into reality in all its dimensions, both human and non-human. Accordingly, I affirm with James Stuart Bell and those he invited to share their stories that when Jesus is experienced, that experience can change our [Read More...]