Cell Phone Free

Thursday night my cell phone died.  I'll get it repaired or replaced and be back and connected, but for now I walk around without the buzz of emails or texts or the ring of the occasional call.  Yesterday because of several meetings and travel I went until three o'clock before checking email and I didn't actually miss anything critical or important.  This is the case most days and yet I want to know what's in my inbox every fifteen minutes.  This is a kind of sickness and it permeates our soc … [Read more...]

Sacred Single-tasking

We can't multitask and there's a load of research that shows that when we try to we don't end up with great results.  And yet in our age of distraction, it is hard not to do it.  We sit down to write, our phone buzzes with a new message, we look down, we skip a song on Spotify, we go back to writing--it can get complicated fast.  Our brains are changing because of these habits and somehow I suspect its not for the better.  As Christians, we have a call to contemplation--this may not be a call you … [Read more...]

Exercise: A Different Track

Last night Gail knocked on the door.  She needed a ride, end of the month, no food and there was a church that could help.  We offered her some of our food, but she said that she had some special needs and just needed a ride to the church.  So off we went, on a rainy night through the streets of downtown Little Rock.  The church she though could help didn't have what she needed, so she suggested another church, but at 7:30 at night they were closed so we tried another and another.  I mentioned an … [Read more...]

Schedule

A year goes by before we know it.  Time flies as they say and it seems to keep on rushing.  We have to slow it down, open up space, enter into some other space where we can reflect and see what's been happening.  Now is the time to schedule that time.  We are about to end one year and begin another.  Advent for Christians is the reset of the calendar and a perfect season to schedule a retreat.  Take a day or two, escape the parties and shopping and busy, busy life we use to make our way into cele … [Read more...]

Be a Reason for Thanksgiving

Today is Thanksgiving and for many of us its a time for joy, for gathering with friends and family and giving thanks for the year that has passed, but for many this is also a time of loneliness and mourning. Today, as you are giving thanks, follow in the loving way of the one to whom you give it.  Seek out those who are broken and be Christ's love to them.  Then you will be more than thankful, you will be a reason for thanksgiving. … [Read more...]

Exercise: Thanksgiving from the Ground Up

Soil

With Thanksgiving we recognize that we live within an economy of gifts.  We did not build this; we create within a whole network of dependencies and within a creation that God made both brilliant and good.  And for all of our fallen efforts to make the world ugly, God keeps making the world beautiful.Our most basic dependence is upon the soil.  Without its health and life, we would have no health and life.  We are Adam from Adamah, Human from Humus--our life does not make sense without soil. … [Read more...]


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