Certainty & Worldview Crisis

There is so much death in this world. I’ve come to think about death broadly as anything that diminishes life. I’ve borrowed the term “deathliness” when referring to that which threatens, disrupts or damages life or wholeness. When face to face with the pain of deathliness, it is common for us to experience a dissonance ...

We are dying

I wrote the following reflection almost a year ago. I am pulling it up again today as I wrestle with the gut wrenching feelings I feel as I see headline after headline of stories reporting on how we are killing each other. Reading about the physical, emotional and spiritual violence being done to immigrant families ...

He Comes in Love for Life

Once upon a time, I sat in a wooden pew and listened to “the gospel story” told to me by the Southern Baptist pastor of a small country church about three hours north of here. The story I heard goes something like this: Humans are sinful. Ever since Adam & Eve’s great act of disobedience ...

The Stories We Live By

Leading up to our wedding, my wife and I participated in pre-marital counseling with our officiant, a former theology professor of mine who has mentored me over the years. She encouraged us to ask ourselves a question in moments of conflict when emotions run high. “What story am I hearing in her words (or tone, ...