All of us, for instance, carry around inside ourselves, I believe, a certain emptiness — a sense that something is missing, a restlessness, the deep feeling that somehow all is not right inside our skin. Psychologists sometimes call it anxiety, theologians sometimes call it estrangement, but whatever you call it, I doubt that there are […]

I don’t care much for the places you tell me to go Nor do I care to pay much attention to the voice in my ear Pushing or pulling, whispering nonsensical phrases I may or may not be content right here. Searching out every step, every stone Feeling every movement, every pebble Aching in my feet, […]

We are power hungry.  It is easier for us to find comfort in power, to find security, or a sense of safety.  But I wonder if our lens of power has darkened our eyes to a different picture of God. Mark  moves beyond stories of weeds and seeds and birds and trees to talk about the Way […]

Next to food and drink, our most basic human need is story–Henry Brinton If we are a story-oriented people, what is the story of our identity, how do we speak about who we are, what we are, what we are doing, and who we are becoming? A story of weeds and identity, a story of […]

“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others […]

When you get a song stuck in your head, you play it over and over again.  Your mind sits on repeat, your steps start walking in sync with the beat of the inaudible rhythm in your head… can’t get away from it.  This happens to me when I read books, too.  Certain phrases, stories, words, […]

After reading Insurrection, a few thoughts that are sticking with me. The liturgical enactment of suspended space draws us into an environment where we can begin to free ourselves of the dreams that we have been raised on and begin to dream new ones, something that will involve imaging, debating, and enacting genuinely alternative modes of […]

Many thanks to Christine Sine for hosting us at a Gardening Seminar a few weekends ago.  Her insights about gardening and spirituality have influenced some of the thoughts I was able to piece together in discussing the analogy of “vines and branches” that Jesus uses to describe a new kind of community. The story used: John 15 […]

"Compare where you are to where you want to be and you'll get...nowhere."

Tangled up in the mess of trying to find where I am and trying to get to where I want to be. Can I not be both?  Can I not be who and where I am, and at the same time on the journey to who and where I want to be and become? Is […]

A message I did on 4/15 on the usual “Doubting Thomas” Character. But, I did my best to keep Thomas in his place as a disciple, and focus on the message and power of Jesus, who, after all, is described by Thomas as My Lord and My God. You can listen along if you’d like: here. Just […]