Tag Archives: trust

Life in a kindergarten world

Years ago Robert Fulghum wrote a book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Now a study of culture in some of the world’s most successful organizations has discovered the same thing. In his book The Culture Code, New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle goes inside organizations like Pixar, the San Antonio […]

At the gate of another year

Long ago I stopped making resolutions for the new year. Instead, I turn to a poem that has been passed on in my family for at least three generations since it became widely known at the threshold of World War II and that opens to me in greater depth with each new year passes. In […]

A palette of simple things

Short-story writer Andre Dubus was born on this day (Aug. 11) in 1936. He wrote stories about regular people like bartenders, mechanics, and waitresses, maybe even like me. After an accident which resulted in the loss of one of his legs and confined him to a wheelchair for the rest of his life, he said, […]

This faithful God

Sometimes I imagine a congress of the faithful calling God to a confirmation hearing and starting the questions with: Will you be faithful to your promises? We sing from time to time, “Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father; there is no shadow of turning with thee; / thou changest not, thy compassions, they […]

At the gate of the year

In the dark, uncertain days of late 1939, shortly after the outbreak of World War II, England’s King George VI sought to encourage his nation in his Christmas message. In his radio broadcast he read from a poem by a little-known American teacher at the London School of Economics, Minnie Louise Haskins. The poem began: […]

Remember Your Roots

You know a song is more than ordinary when it speaks to people of all ages, goes viral on Youtube, and steals the show from pop-media icons at professional sporting events. The song that was never supposed to be released as a single has taken on a life of its own because of its message […]

Blind trust

Perhaps I’ve grown a bit jaded, but it seems to me the resurrection of Jesus is not that relevant an issue for people today. After 2,000 years of repeating the story, it seems to have grown stale, even for me. Sure, I lead the parade on Easter morning, but I confess in some ways it […]

God Knows

So I stand once again at the beginning of a new year, trying to clear my mind and heart of things past in order to behold the brand-new life that lies ahead, and trying to trust what and where I cannot see. My ritual for New Year’s Day has long included reading this poem, the […]

Guinness and God

Drink more beer. That’s what I said when the bishop asked what we could do to create a climate in which we might better hear God’s word to us. The idea came from something Martin Luther said: “While I drink my little pint of Wittenberg beer, the gospel runs its course.” It’s what the Taoists […]