Darkness works by sucking more darkness, bitterness, hate, vitriol, evil, animus, revenge, hostility, venom, rancor etc. into the black hole of malignancy. But we do not, we cannot, we will not defeat evil by responding to it in kind. The only effective intervention to end darkness is light. The only way to overcome fear is through love. The only way to effect positive change is via positive means. Continue reading what we MUST do in response to evil and darkness…
Okay, friends, this is big. Huge, to be exact! This afternoon – October 1 – I took the big step of moving from being exclusively a non-fiction writer to the exciting world of storytelling. Continue reading Hey, Internet – I just published my first novel!
It’s fun to visit the past, and it’s critically important that we understand it – but it would be a mistake to try to go back. That’s one of the many problems inherent to both the politics and the religion of nostalgia. Continue reading a quick visit to my old hometown #nostalgia
It’s always exciting to be part of something that is alive, dynamic, full with enthusiasm, and growing. This has been true consistently in the faith communities Rebekah and I have been privileged to call home. Continue reading authentic life tends to replicate itself…
…our dogma must always be in question, because our knowing is always incomplete. So long as we are open to growing, and always approaching the scriptures with humility, and so long as we are intentionally pursuing a closer walk with Jesus, then we will consistently be amazed. Continue reading when God’s idea of what we need isn’t exactly ours!
it’s not about waiting for the beautiful, and then being grateful. No. Instead, it’s more along the lines of, “I have a grateful heart, therefore everything is beautiful.” Continue reading when a grateful heart unlocks beauty
This weekend marks 35 years since Rebekah knelt at the front of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Pensacola, where a great cloud of witnesses laid hands on her, and prayed that God would do some amazing things through her calling. When she rose to her feet she was an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks … Continue reading 35 years in, and still charged with enthusiasm!
I wrote recently that beauty is inextricably connected to gratitude. I believe the same equation is at play when it comes Continue reading the strong connection between gratitude and joy