Journal

Author: Bill Haley

SOUNDINGS – Our Work, God’s Work

SOUNDINGS – Our Work, God’s Work

Happy Labor Day weekend, friends!  Some years ago, I wrote this for the Washington Post, and I hope that in reading it for the first time or re-reading it, you’ll be reminded deeply and again that your work is one of the main ways God does his work in the world. Take...
A Decade of Corhaven!

A Decade of Corhaven!

On August 15, 2009, in response to that gentle and clear invitation from God, Tara and I moved from the inner-city of DC to what would come be called Corhaven, meaning ‘rest for the heart’ and ‘a safe place for the soul’.  Almost 10 years later, it’s been that thin...
Your Work is God’s Work

Your Work is God’s Work

Years ago, when I was speaking at a men’s retreat in Philadelphia, I got into a conversation with Jerry. Jerry owned and ran a car dealership. It sounded like a great work environment that was pastoral and love-filled. He said that the business had allowed him a lot...

Hope Comes from the Cave

I returned from the Holy Land just 10 days ago from Coracle’s most recent pilgrimage with the Telos Group.  What struck me this time particularly was how central caves are in the story of Christ and the hope of the world.  In Israel where stone is the dominant feature...
The First of the Seven Last Words

The First of the Seven Last Words

(I offered these reflections today at The Falls Church Anglican) This Good Friday, we remember the seven last words of Jesus from the cross.  Seven last gasps.  The Apostle John said of Jesus that if a person tried to write down all the things he did and said, the...

SOUNDINGS – What the Holy Land Needs Now

Tomorrow I’ll fly to the Holy Land with another 17 pilgrims for a very unusual experience of Israel and Palestine.  Todd Deatherage of The Telos Group and I will co-lead it, our fourth trip doing this together.   It’ll be my sixth trip following in the literal...

SOUNDINGS – What Then Shall We Do?

This past week I was pleased and privileged again to attend the Matthew 25 Gathering, where folks from the Anglican Church of North America gather to encourage each other in the ways that God has called us to work for the Kingdom, and work for justice with mercy. ...
SOUNDINGS: “Wrestling with God”

SOUNDINGS: “Wrestling with God”

We wrestle with God for all sorts of reasons.  Sometimes, we want to wrestle because of what we see “out there”– a culture moving in the wrong direction, the moral failings of trusted leaders, the disunity and strife amongst God’s people, etc. ...

SOUNDINGS – The ‘Mini’ Tikkun Olam

“Tikkun Olam” is I think one of the most powerful phrases on the planet.  It’s Hebrew and of the Jewish tradition, and captures the vocation of post-Fall woman and man.  It simply means “repair of the world”.   Embedded in Tikkun Olam are the assertions that...