Monday Morning Confessional: Frederick Buechner, and Listening to Your Life


I confess that a friend of mine just picked up Listening to Your Life: Daily Meditations with Frederick Buechner, and sent me a pic that reminded me of this great little devotional book. I’m grateful for the reminder. There were a couple of years in the late 90s, while I was traveling with Satellite Soul, that this [Read More...]

The Beauty of the Midlife Crisis: Monday Morning Confessional


I confess that I’m in the middle of a midlife crisis, and it’s way better than I could have ever imagined. In fact, I’ve become convinced that the midlife crisis gets a bad rap. The phrase itself conjures images of extramarital affairs, two-door sports cars, and the hair club for men. My story is unfolding [Read More...]

The SHIFT from Illusion to Prayer

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When my boys were little guys we would go out to eat every Friday evening. It was kind of our family tradition (still is)… eat a meal together, & try to connect at end of a long week. When they were young & squirmy my job was to find ways to keep them sitting down [Read More...]

What We Do With Our Pain: Barbara Brown Taylor & Spiritual Bypassing


We talked about idols last week at Redemption Church. It felt like a hard sermon to give, because I think the idolatry of the church over the past few centuries has caused a lot of pain. So many people have fallen in love with a small “g” god, that promised them the world and couldn’t deliver. [Read More...]

The Enduring Value of Pain: Isaac Anderson on Rebecca Solnit’s New Book

My friend Isaac Anderson has written an impressive book review for Los Angeles Review of Books on the Rebecca Solnit’s new book. That she deals so heavily with pain is happily coincidental for me, given that I preached on pain last week on the subject of Pain. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately, [Read More...]

Everyone I Know is in Pain: This Means You…

One of the occupational hazards of ministry is the increased exposure to other people’s pain. Not that ministry is any more painful than any other profession, but like an x-ray tech is exposed to more radiation than normal, ministry exposes one to a lot of pain. If I’ve learned anything in the past 23 years of [Read More...]