Back in the spring of 2015, I sent an email to a few people. Here is the deal: I am going to send you an email every Monday during Lent (roughly the next six weeks). I will link to five beautiful things I liked that week – perhaps a picture I liked, perhaps a funny story, perhaps … [Read more...] about Hugh’s Newsletter Situation
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. - Martin Luther King, Jr. I struggle with doubt. Not just faith doubt, but self doubt, vocational doubt, doubt of other people, and future doubt. I want to believe, and so am always on the lookout for hope - … [Read more...] about Voices of doubt: Tiny church edition
In the second chapter of Mark is a lovely little story I first heard in Sunday school years ago. When [Jesus] returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; … [Read more...] about With a little help from my friends
One of the best things I have done for myself over the last six months is gone on an information diet. Just like a food diet, that means I have deliberately put limits on my consumption of information, and only allow myself to consume it at determined times. Here is what that … [Read more...] about My News Diet
One of my favorite stories: A salesman was driving through the country on his way to his next appointment. He took a curve too fast and ended up in the ditch. He had no cell service to call AAA, and was cursing his luck when he looked over the field next to the road and saw an … [Read more...] about Don’t do it by yourself.
In a meeting with an intern a while back, she complained that the things she was studying in school didn’t seem relevant to our work. “After all”, she said, “how often do we use algebra here?”I told her she was missing the point. You don’t go to school to learn things. Not … [Read more...] about The most important thing to learn
I have written about this story several times, but my blog post about it got lost in the website redesign. Because it is so important to me, I am republishing it here. - HH It was January of 2008. I had been doing this work for about five months or so, and I was already burnt … [Read more...] about Plod on, brother. Plod on.
In one of her Lord Peter Whimsy books, Dorothy Sayers has Whimsy talk about books in a person’s library. He says that they mark a person’s history and are markers of their journey – that we move from book to book like a hermit crab outgrowing its shell, leaving the old husk … [Read more...] about The Twitter Cleanup
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