Imagining Hope
December 3rd, 2019
The Bruce Springsteen song ‘Glory Days’ describes three people sitting at the local bar reminiscing on how life used to be before they hit their dead ends. A former high school baseball star who was b...  Read More
Imagining Peace
November 26th, 2019
What’s your favorite mountain?I love driving up north from Sacramento on the west coast. It’s like getting a free geological tour: Lassen Peak, Mount Shasta, Crater Lake, Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens,...  Read More
Jesus the King
November 21st, 2019
I was a tourist in England for about a week. It was long enough to get a taste of the buzz around the royal family. Sure, pictures of the queen, princes, and princesses regularly greet me at the check...  Read More
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Limits and Slowing Down
November 19th, 2019
Why is it so hard to slow down?The world is filled with different cultures, tribes and traditions. The pace of life might be the rapid-speed 24-hour productivity of Tokyo or the hang-loose vibes of Ma...  Read More
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Diving into Vulnerability
November 5th, 2019
What’s the safe route? Are you taking it?We smooth over awkwardnessWe white-out mistakes.We think to ourselves: maybe I should risk, speak up, do something new, or help in that situation. But fear fre...  Read More
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Dwell on Your Losses
October 29th, 2019
Decide right now you have big losses ahead of you. Nothing could be truer. Decide this right now and when they come there’s a chance you can gain all the value in each loss.A debt or foreclosure.A dia...  Read More
Reformation Sunday: Staying Reformed
October 23rd, 2019
When it comes to human beings, are you more optimistic or pessimistic?It’s trendy to be optimistic: believe in yourself. You gotta be you! Find your calling. Do what’s true for you. Improve yourself!W...  Read More
Today's Religions: Looking for the Gospel Amidst Jesusland
October 16th, 2019
Most good ideas or discoveries can be used by Christians to defeat their own message of grace.In fact, holding on to grace is like trying to play water polo with a greased watermelon in a swimming poo...  Read More
Today's Religions: Political Righteousness
October 8th, 2019
With the possible exception of career, politics has become today’s most popular replacement religion, certainly the one with the most forward momentum and cultural currency. For many, its substitution...  Read More
Today's Religions: Culinary Correctness
October 1st, 2019
Arriving in urban northern California in the early 2000’s I noticed that people were doing cleanses. Others were eating raw. Organic was becoming a thing. Eggs had to be free-range. Hormone-free event...  Read More
Today's Religions: Leisure
September 24th, 2019
I’ve been quoting a lot from David Zahl. In his book, Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became Our New Religion and What to Do About It, he shows all sorts of ...  Read More
Today's Religions: Work
September 17th, 2019
Work has always served as the great American barometer of worth and identity. Our occupation is the number one socially approved means of justifying our existence, and not just the type of occupation ...  Read More