on being human & alive in the world
Ryan Adams is one of my favourite artists and then I saw the news.
There’s a lot out there on the topic of love. Some of it is great and a lot of it is crap. But there’s one thing in all of those conversations we’re not talking about enough and that’s the one thing it takes to make love work.
If you make stuff (art, literature, music, sermons, whatever) for a living and offer it to the world around you, you know the risk it entails: having your heart broken. It can be a life full of joy but it can also really really hurt. Here are some thoughts on hate mail and how to surrender to that risk.
Trying to figure out who you are and what you're doing with your life? Ive been there. Here’s something I wish someone had told me as I was figuring out all of that. It's something I think we all need to hear.
whether you call it personal development, spiritual growth, or life long learning, we're all talking about the same thing: becoming more human and alive in the world. If you're like me and trying to make the most of this life, here are four necessities for being human.
relationships are tough, aren't they? While I've vowed to never be one of those “4 Things That’ll Change Your Life!” kind of writers, here are 4 things Ive learned about relationships … that could very well change yours (seriously): owning it; its okay for things to be just okay; growing, together; and 2 ways of doing everything.
one of the issues at the very heart of the #MeToo conversation and movement is how we understand and use our power. And the question behind that isn't 'do we have power?' it's 'how do we use it?'
we can find God in all kinds of places, even in a hospital emergency room at 442am.
we can't avoid grief, loss, and change. its part of being human. what we can do is understand how to hold it and move through it. here's a ritual to help us do just that.
every year during Pride i make sure to put on the one thing that shows Im a minister, my collar.
this is why.
there is a lot of talk about how we are supposed to deal with immigrants and refugees. its an important question. when we look to what the Bible says, we see God consistently saying one thing about what we are supposed to do when immigrants and refugees knock on our doors: "make some room."
everything is spiritual, including voting. here are some thoughts on how to enter into an election viewing voting as a spiritual practice.
I dont try to stand out in a crowd but this time was different. I wanted to make a statement. And so as I got ready to attend an event to celebrate Pride, I very intentionally put on the one thing I would make me stand out: my clerical collar, aka: my priest shirt.
what i do on sundays
Advent is when we take time to ask ‘how am I supposed to show up on Christmas?’ If we look to the story of the Magi, the answer we find is we show up open, ready to change, grow, and become.
Advent is when we take time to ask ‘how am I supposed to show up on Christmas?’ If we look to the story of Mary and Joseph, the answer we find is we show up ready to risk everything by saying ‘yes’.
Whenever we see the phrase 'eternal life,' it's not talking about life after death, it's talking life before death. It’s talking about a life that's abundant, deep, and full.
This week it’s a sermon exploring how one of the things Jesus says we need to do to enter into that life is to 'look at our knuckles' and ask: what am I holding on to that I need to let go of?
Faith isn’t an intellectual thing. Its not believing in certain ideas, theologies, or doctrines. Faith is a matter of the heart. The question though: is what kind of hearts do we have - are our hearts soft, open, and daring or are they hard, closed, and fearful? The choice is ours.
in order to navigate this beautiful and terrible world, we need hope. but hope isnt blind optimism, it is a courageous act of faith that calls us step out and trust in the Spirit of Possibility.
One of the ways Jesus shows us how to human is by showing us the postures, dispositions, and rhythms that draw us deeper into a life that hums with reverence. One of those postures is rest but its not just any kind of rest, its a very particular kind of rest - a rest the writers of the bible call menuha.
On how what we wear matter, how clothes aren't the only thing we wear, and what Jesus has to do with all of that.
I tried wake-boarding and failed spectacularly. As I rumbled with the fear and shame failing brought, I remembered that the Jesus Tradition offers a different way to understand and think about failure. What if failure isn’t something to be avoided, but something to embrace?
everything is spiritual. Even buying a house. In the month since moving into the house we bought, Ive learned a lot about the spiritual life and what it means to be human. Here are four of them.
Love your enemies? Everyone belongs? Die in order to find life?! Resurrection happens?!? Sounds pretty crazy. But the wisdom our tradition teaches is that crazy isn’t something to reject or tame, but something to embrace because its in the embracing that true life begins to happen.