So many of our stories hold onto us longer than we'd want. As we face resurrection day, we must remind ourselves that the loss of the old life and the rising of the new is not license for amnesia. Being made-new in Christ doesn't mean forgetting the past. It means remembering it in light of what we now know to be true. All our stories are vague generalities--most-of-the-times--which we inflict on every new day that rises. Resurrection Day (Easter) is the reminder that there is an "all of the time" story which doesn't erase, but re-interprets the most-of-the-times we are so busy remembering.Read More
As long as we are in the business of filling all our spaces: with our stuff, with our abilities, with our rights, with our comforts, with our moral superiority, with our sense of personal loss, we cannot take hold of a life which won't be contained.Read More
I think that at the core of the human experience is journeying. Movement, risking that dangerous in-between that stands between the certainty of past and future, here and there, now and later. The present moment is always the product of leaving and finding.
We are always on the road.Read More
By engaging the HEART we engage the only transformation possible of holistic renovation. We can have better habits, manage our emotions, take better care of bodies, read more books, pick meaningful causes, but all of it will be difficult and willful like a man steering an elephant until the HEART itself experiences meaningful growth.Read More
Joseph is a popular Old Testament hero. He had a technicolor coat, looked vaguely like Donnie Osmond, and seemed to find himself in shackles a lot. His story ends with him COOing one of the largest empires the ancient world ever saw in Egypt… a right hand man, long before Hamilton did so for Washington. (There are so many Broadway references here, it’s almost ridiculous.) At any rate, I suspect one of the reason’s Joseph, son of Israel, is a favorite character is because he appears to hold out one of our culture’s highest attributes: dreamer.Read More
There are short roads that seem long and long roads that seem short. Such is the way with travel I suppose, it all depends on the size of steps we’re taking and the weight of pack we’re carrying. Sometimes, we, with grand energy, take long strides into the future believing in something that we cannot see. And sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we take small steps that are more like stumbles, so miniscule that the headwinds we face seem to simply push us ceaselessly back into the past. The loads we carry ever heavier and the road ever longer. They say the journey of a million miles begins with a single step…but more often, and even ever so lately it has not been so. It has been the journey of a mile that couldn’t be completed even with a million steps. And to you out there, to whom it may concern, we are oh so tired from walking.Read More
The problem with our conceptions of identity is that they have been too closely tied our felt need to “make life work.” The Truly Human in each one of us, the Image of God crying out, has neither desire nor intent to “make life work.” It is constantly and holistically aware that because of the incursive and ever-present love of God, it is life that makes us work and that life must spring from within us. When we equate salvation and therefore the resurrection of our True identities with this framework of civilized compartmentalization, we not only lose ourselves, but we lose Jesus in the mix.Read More