Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I am officially on vacation for the next few weeks – really more of a stay-cation, which is not my favorite. I confess that I’ll be doing projects around the house for most of the three weeks, starting with a new study room for the boys. I further confess that this will [Read More...]

Ross Douthat Asks: Can Liberal Christianity be Saved?

Ross Douthat wrote an interesting article for The New York Times yesterday called, “Can Liberal Christianity be Saved?” in which he criticized the sort of liberal Christianity epitomized by Bishop Spong and the Episcopal Church. It’s definitely worth reading. Douthat is the author of Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics, in which he makes a [Read More...]

Public Jesus: How Churches Can Talk about Politics in an Election Year (Without Killing Each Other) – From Sojourners

I’ve got a new article up at Sojourners that you can read here. Here’s an excerpt of 4 helpful hints on how to talk about politics in an election year with your church community without hurting/killing each other. 1. Love the One You’re With The two most divisive words in the English language during an [Read More...]

The Biggest Liars in Politics?: “Outside Spending Groups”

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In the midst of the uproar over the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, and the courts decision to strike down three-fourths of the Arizona immigration law, their failure to deal with the disastrous Citizens United decision was largely unnoticed, which is interesting given that Citizen’s United could end up being the [Read More...]

Breaking Retreat: Refusing to Evaluate

So my stuff is loaded and I’m spending a few moments writing this, and then a last little while in the basilica praying. The basilica is an amazing room, and I love being there – so I usually break retreat by spending some quiet time in that space. Then I head home (or in this [Read More...]

Learning to Play: After You Have Sinned & Grown Old

My youngest boy is in the throes of learning how to swim. He’s taken the lessons and has been pretty frustrated (ing), at times over the past few summers. When it was time to work on his swimming with me this year, I started out like always. “Hey, let’s work on your swimming, (he groans). [Read More...]

When the Wild Beasts Show Up

Richard Rohr once wrote, “In silence all of our usual patterns assault us… that is why most people give up rather quickly. When Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, the first thing that showed up was the wild beasts.” I know just what he means. When I’m on retreat at the abbey, [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I’m at Conception Abbey for a bit of solitude until Thursday. I confess that the abbey is one of my favorite places on the planet. As a part of my spiritual rule of life, I typically spend around 25 days a year up here. I confess that I miss my family terribly [Read More...]

Missional Politics for the Local Church

I have a new article up at The Huffington Post this morning. I’m trying to think about what missional politics would look like. Here’s an excerpt: Christians believe that God is on a mission to make the world right, and that God actually has the power to do it. This power is displayed in weakness. [Read More...]

What Issue Drives Your Voting?

For all of the splash created by the two recent high-profile Supreme Court decisions (upholding of the Affordable Care Act & striking down much of the Arizona immigration law), this election is still about the economy. I ran across an interesting blog post by Daniel Drezner, a political science professor and think-tanker who specializes in [Read More...]