Stairway to heaven

This morning at church, the message was from Genesis 12, God's call of Abraham. The preacher referenced Genesis 11, reminding us of the context into which this astonishing imperative was detonated - a post-Babel world.And that reminder sent me on a hunt for something I wrote a while ago. Imagine with me what it was like in those final moments on that ancient stairway to heaven...Sassan mopped his brow with the edge of his sweat-soaked tunic. He needed a few moments respite from the … [Read more...]

Falling Upward, Chapter 4

I’m blogging through Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward: A Spirituality Through The Two Halves Of Life. Even if you haven’t read the book, please stick around and join the conversation here if you’re facing a mid-life transition. Father Rohr offers us all some meaty food for thought.Click here to read the introduction to the series.Click here to read my post about Chapter 1.Click here to read my post about Chapter 2.Click here to read my post about Chapter 3. * * * * * * * Chapter 4 is entit … [Read more...]

The more things change…

 A few observations:(1) This was the last time I let my hair go wild and free, Jew-fro style, until I kicked my blow-drying addiction last summer.(2) Those Levis look as though they might fall right off of me.(3) The yearbook photog caught me in an unfortunate sneer, but I was smiling on the inside. Seriously.(4) I was giving a speech about Jesus and the Passover. I didn't know a whole lot about either one, but I was pretty darn excited as a Jewish person to tell my classmates … [Read more...]

Parents, you can not predict the future. You know that, right?

I had one of those time-transcending moments last night in a warehouse in Chicago.Travel back in time with me for a moment, to 1995. My thee children, then ages 12, 10 and 9 and I have started another typical home school day. Breakfast, a few chores, prayer, then the day's instructions, which invariably included a few minutes of journaling. Their journals were the one school assignment they had each day where I didn't have to bust out the green or purple pen to correct mistakes. (I rarely used … [Read more...]

Falling Upward, Chapter 3

I’m blogging through Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward: A Spirituality Through The Two Halves Of Life. Even if you haven’t read the book, please stick around and join the conversation here if you’re facing a mid-life transition. Father Rohr offers us all some meaty food for thought.Click here to read the introduction to the series.Click here to read my post about Chapter 1.Click here to read my post about Chapter 2. * * * * * * * Chapter 3 is entitled "The First Half of Life". Father Rohr beg … [Read more...]

Falling Upward, Chapter 2

I’m blogging through Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward: A Spirituality Through The Two Halves Of Life. Even if you haven't read the book, please stick around and join the conversation here if you're facing a mid-life transition. Father Rohr offers us all some meaty food for thought.Click here to read the introduction to the series.Click here to read about Chapter 1. * * * * * * * With a great big nod to Joseph Campbell, Chapter 2 opens with a review of the arc of the hero's journey: The hero is … [Read more...]

Book review: Noah Primeval

We've turned a story of a flesh-and-blood man standing apart from his own decaying culture into a nursery decoration.Brian Godawa has torn the cutesy pastel version of the Noah story off of the nursery wall in an attempt to help modern-day readers remember that Noah and his family were three dimensional people struggling to live counter-cultural, obedient lives in the years leading up to the flood. Noah Primeval: Chronicles of the Nephiliim (Embedded Pictures Publishing, 2011) is definitely … [Read more...]


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