God, Science, Poets, Love and Hate

When I first met my wife, I decided I wanted to abandon myself to knowing everything about her. So first I learned who her favorite band was. And I was hooked. I wanted to know her dreams, what she wanted to be when she grew up. I wanted to find out what it was about…

A Capacity for Love and Hate

I have spent the past month basking in the glow of love. As I am sure most people who have been married can attest to, the experience of joining your life together with another, celebrating with your family and closest friends, then running away to be alone with your beloved is well-beyond description. How do…

The Wonder of Dewy Fleece

This morning I read the story of Gideon and his fleece and, if I am being honest, this may have been the first time in my life I have taken more than a minute to think about what may be perhaps the most mundane story in the bible. The book of Judges is filled with…

To Be Like God

Long before Matt Williams was the third-base coach of the Arizona Diamondbacks, he played the “hot-corner” for the San Francisco Giants. And he was my hero. I remember sitting in Candlestick Park, the wind whipping the sand from the infield all the way to the upper-deck, dreaming of wearing number nine, fielding short-hops, and hitting…

Self-Pity, Pride, and a Gospel Word

I once had a friend at work who- how do I say this spiritually- provided many opportunities to cultivate patience in my soul. To those who are new to the faith, what that means is that he drove all of us bananas. In a job that requires constant communication and socialization, the guy whose mouth…

Early Birds and the Economy of God

Sometimes I think the hardest part of Christianity is letting God be God. I always think there is a better way, a painless way, an easy way. I can’t speak for you, I guess, but I am after a theology of glory rather than a theology of the cross. Or to put it more clearly,…

The Road to Freedom Via Gunpoint

Years ago, my friend Brian told me a story about Harriet Tubman, a black woman who escaped to the North at the brink of the Civil War. Tubman is famous for her work in the “Underground Railroad,” which consisted largely of her 19 visits back to the South to free slaves during America’s bloodiest time.…

Protecting Our Words From Eroding into Idiocracy

There is a brilliant movie that everybody should watch called Idiocracy. The premise of this gem is that two average people are frozen in time, which is the perfect start to any plot. The story goes that as time goes on, the brains behind the whole freezing operation are driven out of power and the…