Jesus and Chaos Theory

I used to spend my lunch breaks drinking coffee with a friend who was into all things conspiracy. I’ll never forget the time we saw a van parked across the street from us and he almost jumped out of his seat, “That Dodge Caravan has police lights!” I felt like his revelation was too perceptive…

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…

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…

The Hard Work of Surrender

This morning I was reading about Zedekiah, king of Israel, who was at the helm during the siege fall of Jerusalem. I always thought that he must have been an evil man. After all, if you are in charge during the most traumatic event in biblical history, nobody is going to mistake you for a…

Of Bullpens and Baptisms

I have to admit this past baseball season has sucked me in like no other since I was a kid. The constant state of flux and change I am in the midst of, I think, has something to do with it. I remember the words of James Earl Jones in Field of Dreams, when he…

Hurtling toward Home

How many times have you moved this year?   I had not thought of that one so I had to take a second. At the beginning of last summer, I lived in the hallowed halls of the Mountain Lodge Apartments in Birmingham, Alabama. I had been there for over three years, which to this point,…