Spring will Surely Come: A Reflection

As I looked out the window yesterday afternoon, the first signs of Spring made themselves known in our garden. The sun drenched the backyard, filling it, for the first time in months, with warmth. Squirrels scurried around on top of the tightrope of the chain-link fence. The very first flowers of the year began to…

Bread, Wine, and Resistance

This past weekend, we entered into an ancient practice of Sabbath. From Friday night to Saturday night, my wife and I simply enjoyed life together. We turned off our computers and cell phones. We read books. We cooked delicious lamb with garlic and onions. We drank wine even though our budget hardly allows for such…

Disarming Despair

Today’s beginning was inauspicious. I like the sound of that sentence. It sounds regal. It sounds poetic. And it kinda does a good job at hiding how the day actually started. And I’m afraid that if you really knew how today started, you may not have confidence enough to finish reading this post. Believe me,…

Shaken to Joy

I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations. -Psalm 89:1  Overall, I do much more complaining than I do singing of steadfast love. I am so accustomed to common, everyday grace like a roof over my head, a strong, hot…

Seattle and Citizenship. A True Parable.

Seattle can be a rough place to live. A few months ago, I made a decision and I stopped looking at the weather forecasts. Now when the sun comes out, there is much rejoicing. When it rains a gloomy rain, it is just another day. After a while, the feeling of perpetual grayness is something…

Delia on Contentment

For the first three years of her life, she had full reign of everything that was mine- with embarrassingly few exceptions. When I decided that I was going to get a dog, I made my friends promise me that they would not let me become that guy who was always telling stories of his four-legged…

Love and Preoccupation

Lately I have been distracted- I mean, really distracted. I sit down to write, to read, or to talk to a friend and I find that I cannot stay in the conversation. Words have been hard to come by lately but I think the one I am looking for is preoccupied. You wouldn’t believe how…

He is Our Peace.

I’ll be honest today and say that I am spent. I have set out a few times this morning to write about peace, to tell you about the wholeness and “shalom” (to use a biblical word) that we focus in on this last week of Advent. At the end of it all, though, I think…

As One Chapter Closes, Another Begins

My time in Birmingham has come to completion. For five years I have been living in Alabama as a student, a waiter and a minister at an amazing little experiment in Christian community called Tapestry of Hope. As I sit at my computer this morning, I have seen two out of those three come to…