A story from within the life of my community. The first time Dave came to church, he was pretty tentative. Frank, a regular attendee, had pretty much drug him there, and Dave was looking a lot like someone who had been drug there. He was fine before the service started, but … [Read more...] about Dave Comes Home
I don’t understand why it happens, but it does. People ask me for career advice. All the time. Even people who make a lot more money than I do. Especially, it seems, people who make a lot more money than I do. Which, I think, is why they are drawn to me. I am obviously not … [Read more...] about The difference between your job and your calling
"Read over your compositions, and where ever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out." - Samuel Johnson Most of what I write never gets published anywhere. Most of it gets deleted, gone forever. But sometimes I will like a passage a bit too … [Read more...] about Kill Your Darlings
Lord almighty, the prayers that will be offered up today, asking God to bless us. When the idolatry of America worship gets to be too much to bear, I re-read this passage from Will Campbell. # # # "I believe God made the St. Lawrence River, and the Rio Grande River, and the … [Read more...] about God didn’t make America
I recently changed the way I use Facebook. I deleted my personal account that had several thousand “friends”- most of whom I never knew in real life - and started over, this time only friending people I knew, liked and had spent time with. I also made the decision to not friend … [Read more...] about Nobody has a right to all of you.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us to pray for those who persecute us, and to love our enemies. Yeah. I'm not always good at that part, either. But I want to be. And I know it isn't impossible to do it, because others have done it. For example, Bishop Nikolai … [Read more...] about Praying for our enemies
The book my friend had written was on the table. He had signed it for me, with the inscription saying “Keep the faith!” Faith is something that is often hard for me. I am, after all, a Christian Humanist. I tend to discount supernatural ideas and focus on people. I told that to … [Read more...] about Keep the faith
Often, when I am talking to privileged church folks about stepping beyond their walls and following Jesus into the broader world – a world where people are hungry, homeless, and without friends – the heads are nodding and everyone is on board. But then somebody will bring up … [Read more...] about Will I be safe?
A couple of weeks ago I met a man in the course of my work. We sort of hit it off, and I gave him my business card, which contains my cell phone number. Two nights later, at 11:00PM, he sent me a text, asking me a question. It wasn’t an important text, he wasn’t in danger, and … [Read more...] about You teach people how to be in relationship with you
This is something I wrote last year in response to a question I received on Facebook. It got lost in the website redesign, so I republished it here. - HH Him: I was reading your posts, and I wondered what you are exactly? Are you a Christian? Me: Well, I am not sure what … [Read more...] about I am a Christian Humanist