I spend a lot of time weeping on planes. Well, not A LOT of time, but I think it happens to me well beyond what could be considered normal. I suspect the causation of this bizarre behavior (I’m usually flying alone) is a concoction of how isolated I feel when I’m traveling, my commitment to listening to the most personal and most inspirational of my music library while I’m flying, and that travel often means I’m on my way to something I love or something I loathe. Regardless, I have learned—in the company of strangers—to let the tears roll.Read More
Family. We all have one. Adopted, only-child, parent grandparent, estranged son, regardless of how we feel about it how much time we spend with them, holiday traditions or Thanksgivings alone, our families are part of the rich relationship network that is making us who we are. No one right answer for everyone. Family’s are often the venue for our most traumatic moments of isolation and abuse as well as some of our most ecstatic experiences of joy and connection.Read More
I slept late this morning, through my wife's alarm, through the sound of kids waking and asking to have their bums wiped. Hard sleep. When I finally broke to the morning, my wife stopped by the bed and gave me a firm embrace.
"I just wanted to do that because everything in the world is so wrong."
I wept a little. For at least the 15th time this week. I wept because she was right and I wept because she was wrong. Right in that so much had gone wrong, but wrong in the since that there was still space--I hoped--for so much to go right.Read More
The holidays, beginning in earnest this week, are a notorious time for overcrowding and isolating. While media and marketing (not the least of which the church's) announce this is a time of togetherness and family, very little is said of what all this focus on togetherness costs us. For many of us family is a reminder of how crowded the table is (does anyone really notice if I'm here at all?) or empty it is... for hundreds of thousands the holidays are seasons of literallty or figuratively dining alone.Read More
Below, we address one of the most controversial of New Testament passages (Mark 10:17-31), a story used to justify class warfare, to establish power differentials between paid church staff and laity and all-too-often as a lever for guilt and shame as people haven't "Let go" of enough to earn their way to the Kingdom. As you can see from the retelling below, this modern day frame on an ancient text couldn't be farther from the rich meaning cased within.Read More