Archives for June 2013

The Power of Regularity

Three old men—one 70, one 80, another 90—are sitting on a park bench. The 70 year old says, “Geeze. I don’t know what to do. Every morning I stand there and try to clear my bladder—and nothing. A drop or two. I’m disgusted.”They sit for a while longer, then the 80 year old says, “Yeah. I don’t know what to do either. Every morning I sit there and try to eliminate—and nothing. I grunt. I groan. Nothing. I’m disgusted, too.”They sit even longer, then the 90 year old says, “I’m disgusted wit … [Read more...]

First Breath

Then the LORD God formed adam as dust from the ground, and breathed into his face the breath of life; then adam became a living being. (Genesis 2:7)In the opening scene of the Bible, death enters only thinly disguised in the specter of “dust from the ground.” This repetition—dust and ground in tandem—is an adumbration of human mortality, set as the curtain rises, to alert us to the inevitability of death, so that the first breaths of man and woman which follow should not bewitch us into the … [Read more...]

Nothing Much: the heart and soul of fatherhood

One Friday night I was sitting alone in our high school theatre. Not alone exactly, but alongside no one I knew. I was watching high school students, most of whom I couldn’t name, laughing at each other’s skits, receiving certificates, along with a few plaques and trophies. This was thespian initiation, and my daughter Chloe had squeaked by with the minimum hourly requirements on crew to be initiated. Along with forty or so other students, she was asked to describe her favorite moment of the year … [Read more...]

Bullies, Baseball, and an Open Door

“A few summers back, Jeremy came down with a fever, so we lay low, lounging in the hammock together. As we swung lazily, in the perfection of a Seattle summer sun, Jeremy posed a question to me. 'How come some Christians are so mean, and other people are so nice, Dad?' Jeremy used to do this at times. He’d look carefree, with his blond hair, blue eyes, easy smile, and endless energy, but then he’d come up with a question about the way things are, as opposed to how they ought to be.” That’s how t … [Read more...]