June 25, 2019

The week technically began yesterday (Monday), but if you’re like me it takes a day to get your bearings. It typically takes a day to figure out what a week, a unique period of life, will look like. A few reminders help jolt us into reality. On Monday cloudy skies hung low over Chicago, pregnant with rain but not yet ready to deliver. The week began with hope, promises, expectations, and tasks. Now, we’re in the midst of what just… Read more

June 19, 2019

What gives you life? The lesson I have learned in the past 2-3 years is that this question is far more important than it sounds. There are a whole host of reasons why, but the most important is this: Most of us have no clue what truly brings us life. The idea that our desires are important is foreign language to many of us who grew up in a Christian tradition. We don’t know what helps us regenerate. The idea of… Read more

June 14, 2019

On any given morning in my house, you’ll find one of the mugs pictured here brimming with dark liquid life. They are sacred treasures. The white mug with the red sculpture is from the Rockford Art Deli, a reminder of our time living and serving at a church in Rockford, IL. The middle mug is one that my daughter painted for me years ago. The joke in our family is that the word “Dad” is gently painted above the rear-end… Read more

June 10, 2019

Ok, so that was a wild title. It’s just a reading list. But the title will make sense in a second. I don’t know about you, but reading other people’s reading lists is extremely helpful. Perhaps it is our desire to know what’s going on in other people’s lives. It may be to mine the lived resources of others to find new or interesting books. Or it could be our general trend towards lists and “listicles” that intrigues us. What… Read more

June 6, 2019

The first big step in my spiritual formation came in a small church in southern West Virginia. I remember the night clearly; the July heat pounding the concrete sidewalks, the blood red carpet and the faux-oak furniture in the sanctuary. The message flying through the air was not new. Sin has wrecked humanity, and we all deserved death. Quite an opener, if you look at it objectively. But, then there was Jesus. The death and resurrection of Jesus meant we… Read more

June 1, 2019

In a post from just after Easter, I talked about the lessons I learned while abstaining from podcasts during Lent. It was a challenging but helpful exercise, though I have to say I’m glad to return to the many voices and influences of the podcast world. As the host of a podcast myself, I know what it takes to create these audio adventures. I still marvel from time to time that a purely audio medium has such power. Yet podcasts… Read more

May 30, 2019

If we feel stuck right now, perhaps we should stay there? The life of faith and all that accompanies gives us ample opportunity to feel stuck. Of course, the word can have several different meanings and implications for us. In relationships, stuck is when we are trying to make progress in conversation or action. We move in what we feel is a helpful direction, saying or doing things that appear to be helpful. In some cases, our “helpful” moves are misconstrued and… Read more

May 22, 2019

Faith isn’t opposed to thinking, nor is our formation. I’ve always been interested in how the way we think is connected to what we are becoming on this journey with Jesus. Whether it is the way our brain uses curiosity to teach us about the world, or the way we archive memories, the tiny masses of tissue between our ears matters. Please understand, this isn’t some appeal for a more intellectual kind of faith. While I do find my best… Read more

May 20, 2019

Sleep ended for me this morning at 4am. It wasn’t an accident, either. In fact, it was very intentional. My alarm goes off and I stumble down the hallway. I exercise first for an hour, then reading until the girls stir and begin their ascent into the day. Sleep is well behind me by that point. I don’t write this to boast. In fact, I’d love to never get up before the sun again. At least on purpose. The truth… Read more

May 19, 2019

March 2019 marked a year since my family and I returned to the south suburbs of Chicago. We returned to friends, grocery stores, and famously damaged roads that we knew as well as each others’ voices. The journey of return, necessarily, began with a departure. After nearly 8 years in Tinley Park, IL we moved to Rockford, IL in the fall of 2016. I felt it was time to pause a new position at a church, serving with a friend,… Read more

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