Slow of speech and tongue — reflections on being an introvert and the book Quiet


As an introvert, I am restored and recharged by time alone, and depleted, often in an acceptable way, by time with others. I will hold back if I have nothing to contribute, while an extrovert will push forward just to be in the mix. Susan Cain’s remarkable book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking looks at how introverts have been short-changed in the social politics of the industrial and information ages, but how their distinct qualities are needed in the society emerging in the 21st century. I look at her book and reflect on my own spiritual journey as an introvert. [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day is not for me — Is it for anyone?


Valentine’s Day is for those courting, maybe. It’s probably not for people already in relationships. It’s definitely not National Friendship Day for friends, family, coworkers and random people you meet. And it’s not for me. At least not this year. Also, I take a look at the holiday’s religious roots embellished by the myth-weaving advocates of courtly love in the Middle Ages. [Read more...]

Mardi Gras, pancakes and a new tradition


I consider turning a one-time thing into a new Mardi Gras tradition… [Read more...]

A few thoughts on Benedict and the next pope

The current frontrunners (l to r): Cardinal Turkson of Ghana, Cardinal Ouellet of Canada, Cardinal Arinze of Nigeria

It’s fun to speculate about who will be the next pope. But normally there’s a bit of a taboo about that because you are talking about the current pope dying. Not this time. By resigning Pope Benedict is taking the naughtiness out of that game. Here are my first thoughts about on Pope Benedict and what’s next. [Read more...]

What Are You Giving Up for Lent?


Here’s my Lenten challenge to you: Make a commitment to abstain from something you may have a compulsive relationship with starting Ash Wednesday and continuing for the duration of Lent until Easter. Not the rest of your life. Just about six weeks. You might discover you like your life better without it. [Read more...]

My Sermon on the Sermon on the Plain (my first sermon!)

Cosimo Rosselli, Florence, 1439-1507

I’d like to share my first ever sermon, preached recently at St. Lydia’s, on the Sermon on the Plain — the lesser known parallel to the Sermon on the Mount — in which I attempt to outline the core of Jesus’ teaching. [Read more...]

Swearing on the Bible and picking pray-ers — arguments over inaugural symbolism

Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, will give the invocation, the opening prayer, at President Obama's inaugural.

Should inaugurals be free of religious symbols? Opportunities for inclusion of minority religions? Or just reflect the religion of the president being inaugurated? Navigating the competing views is a minefield in today’s heated world of religion and politics. [Read more...]

Can John Galliano — in recovery and contrite — be forgiven?


Is there life for high fashion’s ultimate bad boy John Galliano after his anti-Semitic remarks were caught on video a few years ago? After two years of recovery and public statements of contrition, we’ll soon see. He’ll be at New York Fashion Week next month, with the help of old friends Oscar de la Renta and Vogue editor Anna Wintour. [Read more...]

Britain’s Leading Evangelical Steve Chalke Endorses Same-sex Unions and More [VIDEO]


Britain’s most prominent evangelical, Steve Chalke, has publicly thrown himself and his entire megachurch organization behind same-sex unions, and acceptance of homosexuals generally, insisting his view is compatible with his evangelical faith and scripturally sound. Watch the video and read excerpts of his statement here. [Read more...]

7 Questions to Ask Yourself When You’re Late

Hurrying - twilight

If you tend to be late for things, the best way to change — the only way to change permanently — is to change interiorly. Here’s a tool that might help. When you are late, reflect on these 7 questions and whether any of them are true for you. [Read more...]

The Selfishness of Being Late

Affrettando lungo la strada

I talk frequently about the spirituality of being on time, and a lot of the feedback I get is about how eye-opening it is to realize you are bothering others. So let me focus a little more sharply on that aspect of the subject, on selfishness… [Read more...]

My first 100 posts


My Patheos blog is only five months old, so a “Best of 2012″ would be a bit much, but I’ve done exactly 100 posts, which is a good reason to pause a moment and look back. [Read more...]

Epiphany and the Magi


For Epiphany, a retelling of the magi story from the perspective of the magi. [Read more...]

Come, and you will see

Can't resist using a photo of my loving community, St. Lydia's, to accompany this post.

My latest reflection in Living Faith: Jesus said, “Come, and you will see.” If a stranger comes and sees how you live, will they be attracted? Will they see a life based in love? Read the rest… [Read more...]