Monthly Archives: July 2016

The power of the positive

Would you tell me, please,” Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, “which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” the Cat replied, stating the obvious. “I don’t much care where —” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat. […]

Lord, teach us to pray

Just after the shootings in Orlando, Bishop Mark Webb called us to prayer. He didn’t need to do that; surely we’ve been praying hard. Like the proverbial widow at the door of the unjust judge, we’ve knocked on God’s door till our knuckles bleed, and the shootings continue. The challenge, I think, is not to […]

The journey is our home

It takes a long time to make a home. Making home requires us to invest ourselves in a place and a people for years, for a lifetime, sometimes for generations. It’s a process that never ends but is always growing deeper and richer. Yet the fullness of home can be present in a place from […]

A land flowing with milk and honey

Today I’ve traded my alb for ordinary street clothes, traded a modern version of typical business wear in the first-century Middle East for what some call business-casual in the twenty-first-century West – a formal costume for work clothes. More than a nod to summer informality, it’s a symbol of the time in which the church […]

Stepping into the deep (Into the Sea)

“The last thing you want to be is a well-adjusted person.” Those may be some of the only words I remember verbatim from my undergraduate education. They came from Lenore Bierbaum, one of my psychology professors, and they certainly got my attention. But then she went on to say, “What you want to be is […]