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....

I know what you’re thinking

I grew up in a world where one did not miss church on Sundays. Ever. It just wasn’t done, at least not in my family. We were among the insiders of the church who...

Meeting Chris

Monday, March 19th. The 27th day of Lent. Tonight I met Chris Chappell for a beer and conversation. When Chris' family joined Covenant Baptist Church in 1990 he was a sophomore in high school. One...

There would be a place

We’d need a place for this. Hopefully a place that is beautiful. My old church would be perfect. So would the Quaker meeting house here in town. Some place like those. This place would be...

Church and me

Not really on speaking terms. I don't go to church anymore. That's the down-and-dirty truth of it. I don't. And I don't plan to go back. I don't plan not to go back. I just...

Our island home

Sunday, 22 February in the season of Lent. In the Episcopal prayers and liturgy spoken during the Eucharist can be found this delightful paragraph: At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of...

Kodachrome Shy

I am drawn to the mystery of our ancient ancestors and obsessed with their god-like silence. Having no written language they left us nothing ephemeral but instead laid a foundation of guttural sounds and...

after 39 months in solitary

i let him out after 39 months in solitary i hadnt planned on it but my new friends are so nice and they asked if i would teach a bible study but just for three...

Small time

Friday, March 30th. The 38th day of Lent. I'm at Laity Lodge this weekend. I write for this retreat center in a secret way, which I greatly enjoy. I rode up with Paul Soupiset, who...

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,...