The Gospel According To

Wednesday, February 29th. The 8th day of Lent. I heard Ian Cron read from his memoir last year at Laity Lodge. He described a mystical experience he had on a Saturday morning when he was ten...

The Way of Wandering

Tuesday, February 28th. The 7th day of Lent. This post is a follow up to some things I wrote about on Saturday. If the mythic framework of your childhood world no longer satisfies, you can hit...

Compassion Fatigue

Monday, February 27th. The 6th day of Lent. There was this moment in 2009 when I knew for sure that I had to get out of the ministry. It was on a Wednesday night and...

Cast Out

Sunday, February 26th. The first Sunday of lent. A very literal translation of Mark 1:12-13, part of today's gospel text: "And immediately the Spirit cast him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness...

Never Scoff at a True Believer

Saturday, February 25th. The fourth day of Lent. Rules for Living #29: Never Scoff at a True Believer A true believer is culturally unconscious. They are completely at peace with Mother Culture because they are unaware...

Flatland

I will not get to the mountains. I’ve been told as much, but you can’t swallow this kind of knowledge until you have some perspective. I am in the center of a great salt flat....

Toward the Negev

Amazing grace how sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found Was blind but now I see. When I was a boy resting in the bosom of my people,...

Elegy for Grandmother

Her body was ancient when this age began. And before her embodiment she was whispered from one savage ear to the next. She has suckled countless human generations, her stories the first they heard...

An Uncomfortable Silence

Not everything I write for the High Calling is appropriate for the Squid. But I think maybe this piece is. In a documentary I recently saw, an Inuit child was happily romping around inside her...