On the Importance of Silence

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“For language to have meaning, there must be intervals of silence somewhere, to divide word from word and utterance from utterance. He who retires into silence does not necessarily hate language. Perhaps it is love and respect for language which imposes silence upon him. For the mercy of God is not heard in words unless [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that today is week three of being back on my Sabbath routine. Feeling good about the results so far, and hoping to remain faithful to the discipline. I confess that I’m pretty stoked to be able to catch Jimmy Fallon live on The Tonight Show a little more often as of Feb. 17th. [Read More...]

SNL and Sochi: A Little Friday Funny

2014 Winter Olympic Games have begun, and the SNL cast found a way to exploit the irony of the games in Sochi, Russia. Snowboarding Slopestyle event might be my new favorite event. These people are crazy, and I love it. I have always been a skier, but watching these competitors ride, I’m going to have [Read More...]

Donald Miller’s Worship Critique & Subsequent Rant

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Donald Miller wrote a post on his blog talking about why he doesn’t go to church. He began with a somewhat vulnerable moment: “I’ve a confession. I don’t connect with God by singing to Him. Not at all. I know I’m nearly alone in this but it’s true. I was finally able to admit this [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I worked most of the day on Saturday this week. It was just one of those weeks when sermon writing took more time. I confess that because of this, Monday Sabbath feels like it has some urgency, so this might be a lousy MMC. I confess that yesterday was the final day [Read More...]

Great Super Bowl Side Bets & Bad Football Lip-reading: A Little Friday Funny

Our family Super Bowl tradition includes a meager prize for the best total score on the following side bets each year. Feel free to cut and paste: Over/Under 2:25 on length of the National Anthem? Will Seattle call heads or tails? Who will win the toss? Who will score first? Will the first score be a [Read More...]

In a Former Life, This Was My Living – Satellite Soul: Always the Same

It’s seems like forever ago that that very nearly every waking moment, for me, was consumed with music, songwriting, producing records, and touring. So many hours, so much of my heart and soul were invested in these songs, and it all feels so fleeting now. About a decade, somewhere upwards of a thousand shows, and [Read More...]

Being Pulled Through the Knothole: David Brooks on Paradox & Presence

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There’s a phrase used to describe the experience of intense or traumatic life events that leave us forever changed. “Being pulled through the knothole,” means going through a situation so singularly intense that many of the beliefs and assumptions we clung to before we were pulled through the knothole, simply fall away when we get [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I have been a terrible Sabbath breaker for the past few months. I have allowed myself to work on Mondays in order to knock out the manuscript I was working on, and to work on filling a staff position at church. The funny thing about being a Sabbath breaker is that it [Read More...]

Shrink Cover Art

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The Manuscript for Shrink was officially accepted by Zondervan last week. The final painful edits involved cutting a full chapter, which hurt a bit at the time, but seems so obvious now that I can’t believe I was ever worried about it. This feels like a pretty big milestone for me, and for the project. Essentially, [Read More...]