Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Part II

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I’m reading Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard, and continuing to reflect upon the nature of prayer and the presence of God. If you dive into this work, you have to know Dillard spends an inordinate amount of the book reflecting on the minutiae of the ordinary–the intricate details of nature of which she [Read More...]

On the Hubris of Prayer Experts: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Part I


I’m reading Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard right now. This morning I was reminded one of the great lessons Dillard, and others like her, have taught me about prayer. She says that when you actually catch a glimpse of the holy, you are innately aware at the time that it is so rare [Read More...]

Pray Without Ceasing: Why Anyone Can Do It & Almost Nobody Does

Some scholars believe that the apostle Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians could be the earliest written text in the New Testament (52AD). In chapter 5 there is a curiously short verse which says, “Pray without ceasing.” We all know the verse, and we all typically ignore it. I think we’re missing out on something [Read More...]

Why “See You At The Pole” Makes Me Nervous, and How I Would Change It


Today is the national See You At the Pole prayer event. If you don’t know what it is, just Google it. When I was touring with my band Satellite Soul, we played nearly every year at a See You At the Pole rally somewhere in the states. There was always something about it that made [Read More...]