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 [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...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I have regressed a bit in my attempts to practice Sabbath keeping, and weekly rhythms of rest and stillness. I think that perhaps the most radical thing Christians can do to subvert a culture of consumerism and rampant consumption – not to mention the crushing weight of the “I am what I [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I did not watch a single moment of the Masters this year – first time in a long time. I did, however, watch nearly all of a fairly meaningless NASCAR race at Texas. I confess that I am wondering if this says something about me as a person. I confess that I’m [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I’m ambivalent, if not a little bit cranky about the coming of Spring. It feels like winter was just getting going and Spring had to come a long and ruin everything. 25-30 inches of snow in a month? We had it great there for awhile. I confess that I’m trying to have [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional – The Post-Easter Hangover

I confess that Easter may be my favorite day of the entire year. I love to tell the story. It never gets old. I confess that I love the fact that the culture hasn’t found a way to completely steal Easter yet. It has not yet become an overtly commercialized Christian holiday. I confess that [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional – Spring Break Edition

I confess that I was a lousy blogger last week because I was out of town with my family. I confess that instead of reading the news and trying to post interesting thoughts and ideas at Paperback Theology, I went snow skiing with my family instead, and it was about as good as it gets. [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I am excited about watching from afar as the Catholic Church elects a new Pope. Despite my excitement, I confess that I’m bothered that the way the process is covered makes it seem less like a solemn religious conclave and more like a royal wedding, which is regrettable. I confess that my [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I make my confessions with a heavy heart today because my friend Bob Starkey died yesterday. Actually, we’re not sure when he died. He was found yesterday when he didn’t show up for church and some folks from RC got worried and went to check on him. I confess that Bob’s sobriety, after years [Read More...]