Boys Will Be…

Today, I’m pleading that we get a bit more creative with the phrase “Boys will be boys” and shift it to something hopeful for our growing young men.

3pm: All Shall Be Well (Lenten Pause)

This season of Lent, I am focusing on the monastic practice of seven daily pauses. Each week, I offer you a poem and piece of gradually changing art for each pause. Last week, we rested at the Hour of Illumination(12pm). This week, we break at 3pm, the Hour of Wisdom. A wonderful book greatly aiding me through this series is Seven Sacred Pauses by Macrina Wiederkehr. Here we are, midafternoon, By now, the day has 
witnessed us trip up, led astray, race quick Ashes have fallen upon us 
in word and deed, we swept in by the waves of life:…

The Jesus Gap (a struggle to live out holy love, Pt. One)

Let me tell you something very honest about myself. I’ve been that person in groups talking about God. I’ve read lots of books about theology. I’ve taken in ridiculous amounts of knowledge about Jesus. I’ve learned how to discuss my belief. I’ve served publicly with a smile on my face. And yet, often, after it was all over, I’d go back into my ordinary, everyday, private life struggling to live this holy love out. Let’s be clear. I have a deep love for Jesus. I mean, Jesus is just cool. There is nothing boring about Him. He’s not soft and…

Come In! (When You’re Tired of the Hate)

You’re here! Come in, come in. Welcome to this space. Would you like a cup of coffee? I see the sparkle in your eyes, our stories begin to spill. Tales that make our sides hurt and our teeth gleam. Our laughter, joyful music to the heavens above. Wrinkled frog necks are recalled, cheesecake splayed across the counter scooped up swiftly by spoons, alliances gone bad during games of Risk, and old Mr. O’Neill dressed as Julius Caesar. Our mutual affirmation as edge dwellers binds us as confidantes. You and I, teasers to one another when Sophia, Nadia and Wisdom walk…

The Long Road of Esau

The story of Jacob and Esau is one of my favorites. The reason is because I when I first read about these brothers, I was blown away by the family dynamics in this story. The twins have contempt for each other from the time they are in Rebekah’s womb! There is clear favoritism from the parents. There is lying and deceiving and conniving! There are death threats and hot anger! If you’ve never encountered this story, I highly recommend reading Genesis 25:19-33:20. While Jacob fascinates me in his own right, lately, it’s Esau I’ve been considering. The Long Road of…