What if

What if we suddenly saw the world with God’s eyes? What if the reality of good and evil exploded into our consciousness in a blinding flash of inspiration? What if this happened right in the...

Goodbye, Iron Giant

Before you read this you should read "Trinket Transformation." Saturday before last, I found a little boy under my table eating M&Ms. He was clearly eyeing my Iron Giant Action Figure. "Go ahead, you can play...

You Ain’t Jesus, Preacher, Part One: The Tower of Babel

Everyone has identity issues now and again. Maybe you don’t know who you are or don’t like who you think you might be. Maybe you’re a little too close to your mother, or maybe...

Trinket Transformation

I got to design my own office when we built our church four years ago. It's a 10' by 10' room with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves all around, a large window and a recessed area for...

You Ain’t Jesus, Preacher Part Two: Losing The Language of Love

Note: Click here to read part one of this story. This is the story of how ministers find out they’re not Jesus. This is the story of hitting bottom. You start figuring out you’re not Jesus...

Words like rain

If I could hear just one word from you. Just one clear word and everything would change. To hear the church people talk, your words are a dime a dozen and fall like rain...

Scripture, Tradition, Reason

Sunday, March 18th. The fourth Sunday of Lent. This morning Jeanene and I were attending the beginners' class at Saint Luke's. It's a simple course on the Episcopal Church that is taught periodically for people...

When gifts hurt

Sometimes it is a good thing to give away something that hurts. I have given two such gifts in the last decade. First, I sent the small New Testament that I studied from, read personally,...

Cartesian

I may have been given a great and terrible and sorrowful gift when I left the ministry. I did not ask for this gift; it came upon me like a palsy. I shook and trembled....

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....