Once Innocence Was.

Once the world was a field of play; possibility blossomed effortless and abundant. Joy was ripe for the picking. Once friends laughed together, unhindered; happiness, the most basic of Adam’s race. Game and work were interchangeable. Once innocence birthed imagination; anything “could be,” “would be,” nothing “should be.” Innocence was. Once rule of law was…

Reflections on Ash Wednesday and a Nasty Habit of God

There is a nasty habit in the history of God that takes center stage on days like today. Ash Wednesday marks the official beginning of the season of Lent in the Christian calendar. Lent is the season when we collectively turn away from ourselves and toward the cross, confessing our sin and longing to be…

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…

Worm Theology and the Image of God

There is nothing so dangerous or necessary in the world as singing Isaac Watts’ coarse and abhorrent words would (Christ) devote his sacred head for such a worm as I? The confession that we are “worms” places us at the crux of our belief. Our very lives are on the line as the words come…