Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that when I’m trying to write – blog posts, articles, books, sermons – I typically have to be in a place that has some energy and activity. Sitting alone at my desk in my office almost never does it for me. Over the years I’ve spent a lot of time at Panera. Summertime [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I’ve been on a bit of a digital fast for the past two weeks. My family and I went camping and hiking around Colorado for a week and them came home to just lay low and take it easy. It’s been a great two weeks and I’m feeling much more energized as [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I’m on vacation for the next few weeks. I think I really need a little time off, so I might be a little neglectful of the blog. I confess that my rule of life says that I will spend somewhere around 22 days a year at Conception Abbey on retreat. I get [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that when I’m driving alone in the car I generally either 1) listen to audiobooks, 2) sit in silence and pray or just be still, 3) listen to NPR. I confess that when my kids are with me I listen to rock and roll music as loud as my stereo can take it, [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that my wife and kids gave me a huge Audible.com gift certificate for Father’s Day. Best. Gift. Ever. I confess that I’m becoming a bit of an audible-phile. I have read at least 10-15 books over the past year by listening to them – including¬†Les Miserables, A Prayer for Owen Meany, A Tree [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

“Blogging is not writing. It’s just graffiti with punctuation.” – Contagion. I confess to some ambivalence about blogging today. I confess that I am not entirely convinced that what I’m doing at Paperback Theology is making the world a better place. I think this is a very normal thought to consider, and I bet most [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I took an impromptu week off from blogging last week. It was a family vacation week anyway – a quick trip to Western Kansas to see my family, then a trip to Disney with my wife’s side of the family – but I had a blogging schedule for each day and planned [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional: How to Read a Book

I confess that I just finished Metaxas’s biography of Bonhoeffer for the second time. This time I listened to the audiobook. It’s the second time I’ve re-read an old favorite using the audiobook in order to save time. I confess that I’m beginning to really love audiobooks and am seriously thinking about making an audible.com [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I am not super excited to write ¬†a confession this morning. I confess that every confession I can think of to write down just sounds whiny – so I’ve been using delete a lot for the last 30 minutes trying for something interesting to say. It’s not really working so I’m going [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional – Cultivating the Ability to Listen To Your Own Soul

I confess that I have an ailment that I’ve always called “productivity sickness.” I seem to be unable to just “be” in any given situation without trying to get something accomplished. I confess that the enneagram has been quite helpful in helping me to see this tendency in myself. If you have never investigated the [Read More...]


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