Rebel aria

So I wrote The Church For Skeptics: A Conversation For Thinking People. (The book is somewhere in the publishing pipeline/birth canal right now.) Thanks to my part-time job at the bookstore, I get to powerskim the new books coming on on the topic of church. There is a growing choir of writers singing a variation of the "`taint how she's supposed to be aria:I tried church. I tried really, really hard.But the boredom, shallowness, politics and self-absorbtion of institutional Christianity nearly … [Read more...]

To live is Christ…

Some people from my past have appeared in digital form in my present. Whether its a post on a blog or an unexpected e-mail, it's been very cool to hear from them. One of those people has been my friend Judie. We began swapping e-mails this summer after a pause of several years. We'd been through some intense family and church stuff together, and though our lives had diverted, she always had a special place in my heart. Her blunt honesty, roll-with-the-punches humor and 111% committment to her … [Read more...]

Landlocked surfing

After two months of internet semi-fasting in South Florida, I'm enjoying some Internet Water Ski time (hard to surf here in the midwest) as I get back into the swing of my writing life. Here's a few links I've visited this week that'll give you a few minutes of thought-provoking and/or hilarious reading:Brent Hansen's Letters From Kamp Krusty is quickly becoming one of my "must reads". The guy is funny. And anyone who'd pose for a picture holding an acordion can't be all bad. Christianity … [Read more...]

Upgrade me

Oh so much has been written about the consumerist nature of western Christians. But as I was reading Tim Keel's excellent book Intuitive Leadership: Embracing a Paradigm of Narrative, Metaphor and Chaos (Baker 2007), I had a wee ah-ha moment. Keel mentions that us sheep aren't the only ones wandering from pasture to pasture, church to church. He pointed out that many of our leaders engage in the same hunger-driven behavior. Looking to upgrade their resume, buff their experience, and be where … [Read more...]

Stuff I saw on my road trip

There's nothing like a road trip, is there? Last week, I drove from west of Ft. Lauderdale back home to Round Lake. I did the drive in two days - 11 hours the first day, 15 the second. This is not recommended unless you have a titanium behind. Which, apparently, I do.Here are some (wildly) random observations about this trip:(1) OTR truckers - how do they do it?(2) The last palm tree I saw as I headed north from Ft. Lauderdale was near Jacksonville, FL. I watched for it. It was my way of saying … [Read more...]

The truth sets us free – really

One of the great, sad tragedies of my mom's life was the story of how her adoption was hidden from her until weeks before her wedding. Her mother had died shortly after giving birth to my mom, and my mom's distraught dad couldn't figure out how he could work and care for a newborn as well as his other child, a 9 y/o son. A distant cousin, unable to bear children of her own, stepped forward, offering to adopt the baby with the proviso that no one tell the little girl until she was 16. My mom's … [Read more...]

Click your heels together

If only it were this easy. I won't be able to click my heels together, Dorothy-style, and go home. Instead, I'll be driving a 99 Toyota Corolla from Ft. Lauderdale to Chicago... ...soon. Home. … [Read more...]