No Cause for Celebration: Question Four of Ten

   Taking The Dave Test during the Holidays                                    Question Four: “Can I admit that some things will never get better?”                                             Introduction to the seriesMuch of the last year was thread through with considerable loss.  My brother, Dave, battled a fatal brain cancer for nearly eight years and he died this last January as the result of a fall that was due in large part to his disease.  He would have been 58 years old i … [Read more...]

No Cause for Celebration: Question Three of Ten

    Taking The Dave Test during the Holidays                                    Question Three: “Can I avoid using stained glass language?”                                             Introduction to the seriesMuch of the last year was thread through with considerable loss.  My brother, Dave, battled a fatal brain cancer for nearly eight years and he died this last January as the result of a fall that was due in large part to his disease.  He would have been 58 years ol … [Read more...]

No Cause for Celebration: Question Two of Ten

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   Taking The Dave Test during the Holidays  Question Two: “Can I give up my broken gods?”  Introduction to the seriesMuch of the last year was thread through with considerable loss.  My brother, Dave, battled a fatal brain cancer for nearly eight years and he died this last January as the result of a fall that was due in large part to his disease.  He would have been 58 years old in October.In reaction to Dave’s quest to find a durable faith and support … [Read more...]

No Cause for Celebration: Question One of Ten

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   Taking The Dave Test during the Holidays  Question One: “Can I say life sucks?”  Introduction to the seriesMuch of the last year was thread through with considerable loss.  My brother, Dave, battled a fatal brain cancer for nearly eight years and he died this last January as the result of a fall that was due in large part to his disease.  He would have been 58 years old in October.In reaction to Dave’s quest to find a durable faith and supportive frie … [Read more...]

A Vulnerable Church: Passing The Dave Test

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Much of the last year was thread through with considerable loss.  My brother, Dave, battled a fatal brain cancer for nearly eight years and he died this last January as the result of a fall that was due in large part to his disease.  He would have been 58 years old this month.In reaction to Dave’s quest to find a durable faith and supportive friends, I wrote a book called The Dave Test, which was just released by Abingdon Press.  The book distills Dave’s quest into ten questions that any of u … [Read more...]

“Teach your children…”

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A midday appointment took me home through the neighborhood in which we live.  Driving along I noticed a lemonade stand operated by four little girls.  I have a weak spot for drink stands operated by children.  My brother and I spent a summer pulling a Radio Flyer through a construction site selling small bottles of Coca Cola, and I delight in supporting their efforts.When I stopped to buy my lemonade, the girls handed me a card, explaining that they were giving their profits to a program ca … [Read more...]

Awareness: A Practice looking for a Purpose

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There are more than enough articles, books, and websites out there offering guidance on the practice of living in the moment, or awareness.  But a good deal of that literature never asks the most important questions: Aware of what, why, and to what end?Some will respond, of course, that to ask that set of questions undermines the practice of awareness from the get-go.  We should be open to whatever may present itself in the moment.  That’s a fair criticism --- to a point.  But it is also the … [Read more...]

Kneel, Sit, Stand: The Embodiment of Spirituality

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We used to joke about the dilemma that visitors to an Episcopal church typically face.  Do you “kneel, sit, or stand?”  I’ve been in a few parishes that have even tried to help with the question.  Unfortunately, far too many of the efforts focus on practice and practicalities.  Not enough of them focus on the inner logic of worship. Spiritual practice is not just about the mind or the soul.  We are not “Tinkerbell” trapped in bodies.We are body, mind, and soul --- an inextricable unit … [Read more...]


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