Y’all Means All: Veto a Bad Bill

Dear Governor Haslam, This week, the State Legislature sent you a bill to legalize discrimination in counseling. Against the professional ethics that guide therapists, against standards of professional practice, against the will and good hearts of the fair-minded people of Tennessee, the State Legislature allowed the fevers of our times to confuse their good thinking. [Read More…]

Guarding the Family Treasure

This week, I’m spending three days in Georgetown, DC, as part of the post-graduate program at The Bowen Center for the Family.  The program is to deepen understanding in Bowen Family Systems Thinking.  Today, I heard a presentation that made me think, so I’m passing it on, in case it might spark some thoughts for [Read More…]

Leading from the Airship

This week’s New Yorker had an article about the resurgence of airships.  Sure, we’ve seen blimps floating over football games.  But, after the Hindenburg crashed in flames (New Jersey, 1937), the world moved on to airplanes, and then rockets.  Still, the romance and the usefulness of airships maintained their appeal among a very few.  Now–against the [Read More…]

Omnipotence Paradox: What’s the Real Question?

In Divinity School, it became clear early on that I’m much more a pastor than a theologian.  Yes, in part, it’s because of the dim, flickering bulb of my brain.  But it’s also that I was drawn to ponder the questions under the questions. When someone asks about the efficacy of prayer, maybe it’s to [Read More…]

Self-Differentiation in 3 Puzzle Pieces

Systems thinking is not like memorizing the periodic table.  It’s like learning how to play violin.  The concepts are not difficult, but the application can take a lifetime to master.  Of Murray Bowen’s 8 inter-locking concepts, perhaps the most well-known is “triangles,” for which people often use the word “triangulation.”  Maybe the second most familiar is [Read More…]

You Can’t Drown a Fire Ant

You can’t drown a fire ant.  Not if it’s got friends.  What happens in a downpour, or if they end up in a puddle or a bucket of water is that a group of fire ants will cling to each other.  Well, more than cling: what they do is to make a raft out of [Read More…]

The Deciduous Universe

This week’s gathering of the International Astronomical Union featured research that says that our universe is slowly dying–fewer stars are being created, existing ones are fading, and the growth of dark energy in the last few billion years has seemed to hasten the process. Don’t panic–many billions of years yet to come for many stars, [Read More…]

Racism 101 for White People

This past week’s terrorist act at Mother Emanuel AME in Charleston, South Carolina, has shaken many of us.  There have been calls for unity.  My dream is unity, too.  But, of course, racial unity isn’t achieved by thinking nice thoughts or saying nice things.  That’s because racism isn’t a matter of thinking bad thoughts or [Read More…]

It’s Not Just Ferguson

When a toaster keeps producing burnt toast, we don’t blame the bread—we fix the toaster.  When a dishwasher won’t wash the dishes, we don’t blame the dishes—we fix the dishwasher. Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Ezell Ford (a young man in L.A. yesterday).  All African-American.  All unarmed.  And all dead.  The drum beat goes [Read More…]

Day Eight

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