Category Archives: Reflections

Crazy Stories

The other day I got an email from my friend Peter. Reading your blog has rekindled an obsession with a childhood memory, one that I have only told two other people in my life about: my sister and my mother.

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The Great Insurance Panic of 2016

To the elders at Harambee: When you have lived on TPN for 11 years as Jenn has, every year brings new insurance coverage and home-health supplier issues. This year’s transition has been absolutely brutal.

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A Christmas Letter

December 25, 2015 Leavenworth, WA My dearest Wifelet, I write with a divided heart. On the one hand, the Christmas Eve we shared last night was perhaps the most unique and memorable of my life; on the other hand, it … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Sexuality, Sin, Intolerance, and Waiting on God

I originally posted the following as a Note on Facebook, thinking that a civil conversation in my “virtual living room” might be possible. I was sadly mistaken. If you elect to comment here, please do so in a constructive manner, … Continue reading

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The Comfort of Pain

Be forewarned: what follows is written from a very personal and biased perspective, and is not at all intended as normative discourse or prescriptive therapy for others. It may even come off as self-absorbed, blindered, and off the rails. So … Continue reading

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Much Ado About Doctrine

In his letter to the church at Colossae, Paul is at great pains to emphasize the importance of not being burdened in our faith by expectations and demands that fall outside the bounds of the gospel message. It’s important that … Continue reading

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About the Bread of Life

If I follow God just because he works miracles, what will I do when the miracles stop?

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Pinochle with Jesus

Today I was having trouble clearing my mind, even unclenching my jaw… so I decided that, instead of just trying to plow through my normal quiet time routine, it was once again time for “Pinochle with Jesus.”

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Liberating Dis-ease

One of the recent assigned readings for our CFDM study this month is a short-ish essay by Gerald May called “Entering the Emptiness.” I was frankly blown away by this piece, which concerns a living philosophy of “spaciousness” in our … Continue reading

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Hard Ideas for Hard Times

As Jenn and I work through the “Going Deeper With God” program of the Christian Formation and Directions Ministries, I’ve been finding it difficult to accept some of the classic mystical/monastic wisdom of the early Church. In particular, the last … Continue reading

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