Theology of play

Freedom as…play?

What does freedom look like? For the past few years I have been at least poking around at this idea, and the other day I was finally able to put it into words. At first it sounds like there is a quick, easy answer to this question. Freedom looks like the ability to do what…

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…

The Coalescence of Heaven and Earth

My wife and I have an impressive and growing collection of books in our little house. Some of them are even leather bound, which, it ought to go without saying, makes each of us a pretty big deal. The mere fact that I have doubled my book collection in taking a wife has to be…

Book Review- R.A. Dickey- Wherever I Wind Up

The day your coaches suggest you stop throwing your “real” pitches in favor of the silly, flighty knuckleball is a humbling day. I remember that day, as a freshman on the college baseball team, when my coach, a giant with a big heart named Chet, called me aside and effectively ended my pitching career. My…

Ecstasy without Transformation

The other day I came across an article in a local newspaper from sometime in the summer, because, you know, I like to stay on top of things. The article was describing the best Christians in the city of Seattle, so naturally, I was looking for my own name. Hey, I’ve only been in town…

Hating what God Hates

It is fundamental to our faith that we love what God loves. This is the part we should have heard from the beginning. This is Christianity 101. As the people of God, we are being changed into the men and women we were made to be, a people who reflect God’s character to the world.…

Stood Up By the Muse and Invited to Rest

Each December, it happens again. I find myself too weary to come up with the ideas and attention I need to summon up a coherent thought. When the time comes to pull up an empty document and have a good time, the muse stands me up. I suspect December has the same effect on most…

The First Love of God

It seems strange to wonder what a God who refers to himself as love would love. Then again, as I understand the faith, a little bit of wonder is a good thing. And so I wonder if it would be best to say first that he loves all that he has made, from the mountains…