What’s Your Story? My Top 5 Favorite Memoirs & Why do We Love Memoirs So Much?

A memoir is almost always an easy read. I’m typically engrossed from the first word. Here’s my top 5 list. What are your top 5? Cash by Johnny Cash Night by Elie Weisel Hannah’s Child by Stanley Hauerwas Telling Secrets by Frederick Buechner Confessions by St. Augustine Honorable mention would be Travelling Mercies by Anne [Read More…]

Here’s a Message I gave at a Church in Kansas City Last Week: The Joy of Living a Good Story

I’ve been on the senior team/staff of 3 church plants over the past 15 years, and it has been one of the most challenging things I can imagine. That all three churches have survived and thrived to this day is one of the stories I cherish most about my life. One important element they all [Read More…]

Great Dorothy Day Quotes – Cardinal Dolan & Dorothy Day Make an Unlikely Couple

There’s an interesting article in The New York Times today about Cardinal Dolan’s support for the canonization and eventual sainthood of Dorothy Day, the American born mother of the Catholic Worker movement. Dorothy Day was a great writer and activist who continues to inspire many of us who seek to care for the vulnerable in [Read More…]

Why Do We Keep Choosing Narcissistic Leaders?

I read an interesting article today from the Harvard Business Review about the rash of high profile leaders resigning because of extra-marital affairs. As an evangelical Christian, my antenna is pretty high for narcissistic leadership – it has long been our stock in trade. The comparison is made easier when evangelicals like Pat Robertson make [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I have been taking a short and much needed break from blogging the past three days. I confess that yesterday I didn’t even turn on my computer. The hiatus was probably a good thing, but I have missed the interaction and creative outlet. I confess that I watched Skyfall over the break. [Read More…]

Eat the Turkey, not each other: How to survive Thanksgiving dinner – A Great Article by my friend Marty Troyer

Marty Troyer gives some great insight as to why family thanksgivings can be so difficult for some, and how to handle it. Here’s an excerpt from his article in the Houston Chronicle: “…you’re getting ready for hours of extroverted time with people who believe differently, vote differently, function differently, parent differently, eat differently, relax differently, [Read More…]

This Just Makes Me Laugh and Laugh

Happy Thanksgiving! [Read more…]

Hey, Peddlers of Fear! I’m Done With You! (Eric Berry & The Guardians will explain why)

Our family went to see “The Guardians” movie on a sneak peak the other night. It was brilliant. he whole movie is about the toxic nature of fear. Fear is deadly and so simple to counteract – simply don’t give it any oxygen. This week I have been returning to this hilarious clip of Eric [Read More…]

Anglican Church Votes to Reject Women as Bishops, “Detonating its Credibility” Critics Say

I’m absolutely shocked by this decision out of the U.K. – the Church of England has rejected a measure that would finally allow women to serve in the role of bishop within the Anglican church. Interestingly the Bishops themselves were overwhelmingly in favor of it. The House of Bishops voted 44 in favor, three against. [Read More…]

Women Bishops? Today is a Huge Day for the Church of England

It’s morning in the U.S., so the vote may be over. Any moment now I hope to see news from England that the Anglican Church has voted to ordain women as bishops. It would be an historic moment for the church and would provide a much needed moment of agreement in a church that has [Read More…]