Chewing the Fat – part 1

Everything that night was out of the ordinary. I was passing through La Vernia, Texas with time to kill. I don’t usually drive through La Vernia, and it’s rare that I’m on the road...

I’m all In

I was in a religious service recently where some people raised their hands, closed their eyes, and swayed back and forth as they sang. This kind of thing is generally a sign that the...

A thing that happened

What I feel like is a man slowly drifting away from his faith. It's not an intellectual process. My commitment to Christianity is far deeper than mind games now. My faith is of the...

And so we come to the end

Saturday, April 7th. Holy Saturday, the 46th and final day of Lent. Today is the final day of lent for 2012 and my 46th straight day of posting here. It was an ambitious goal, but...

Cigarettes and Juniper

Friday, April 6th. Good Friday. I was on my way back from the artist hermitages at Laity Lodge last weekend when I saw an ashtray near the outdoor fireplace. That kind of surprised me. Laity...

Maundy Thursday

Thursday, April 5th. Maundy Thursday. My first ever Maundy Thursday service. I am fifty years old, but I am young at heart and ready to experience all things new. Saint Luke's, how your beauty has broken...

Looking out and looking in

Wednesday, April 4th. The 43rd day of Lent. Two books I commend to you. Einstein, a biography by Walter Isaacson. I loved this book so much that I decided to read it again in a year....

Hamstring and writing update

Tuesday, April 3rd. The 42nd day of Lent. First the Hamstring. For those who didn't read my previous post, after almost a year of vigorous exercise and dieting, I was feeling pretty good about myself and...

Nametags

Monday, April 2nd. The 41st day of Lent. There is a somewhat controversial program that many ambitious ministers try to implement in churches, mostly without success. I'm talking about the infamous "nametag" member identification strategy....

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...