Journal

Series: SOUNDINGS

“Enough!” – On Gun Violence in America

“Enough!” – On Gun Violence in America

Writing “Essential Christianity” in late December, 2020 was a great joy for me, a personal act of worship, a chance to comprehensively write what I believe, what I believe Christianity teaches, and what are the many implications of that teaching.  It also enabled me...
Henri Nouwen’s Deeper Spirituality

Henri Nouwen’s Deeper Spirituality

This reflection is part of our “Discernment: Hearing God in a Noisy World” Series.  Discerning God’s unique voice is one of the most important skills for a Christian and is absolutely crucial for our intimacy with God and our ability to follow him. ...
Science vs. Faith?

Science vs. Faith?

Part of the focus in our “Doubt, Deconstruction & Redemption” Series this year has been to make space for faithful Christians to ask hard questions that deserve to be asked and thoughtfully answered.  Two big types of questions both Christians and non-Christians...
SOUNDINGS: “Being Honest to God”

SOUNDINGS: “Being Honest to God”

This reflection is part of our 2022 “Doubt, Deconstruction & Redemption” Series.  You can read my original piece laying out why it is fitting for Coracle to pick up this conversation at this moment HERE.  If you are on a deconstruction journey or caring for...
SOUNDINGS: “Learning to Hear God”

SOUNDINGS: “Learning to Hear God”

This reflection is part of our “Discernment: Hearing God in a Noisy World” Series.  Discerning God’s unique voice is one of the most important skills for a Christian and is absolutely crucial for our intimacy with God and our ability to follow him. ...
SOUNDINGS: “The Sweetness of Weakness”

SOUNDINGS: “The Sweetness of Weakness”

“Emptying precedes filling.”  Eugene Peterson   My favorite living novelist is the Canadian Roman Catholic, Michael D. O’Brien.  I’ve read most of his thirteen novels, and his Father Elijah remains one of the most formative works of fiction in my life.  For all...
SOUNDINGS: Your “Crux Move”

SOUNDINGS: Your “Crux Move”

A few summers ago while vacationing in the High Country of North Carolina, my family found ourselves at a gym devoted to rock climbing, with high-pitched walls and many multi-colored hand and foot holds molded and screwed to the walls in a variety of patterns. ...
SOUNDINGS: “Shine in the Darkness”

SOUNDINGS: “Shine in the Darkness”

“…so that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world”  Philippians 2.15   Paul speaks of “a crooked and twisted generation.”   I wonder,...
Your Deeper Christianity: Abandonment to God

Your Deeper Christianity: Abandonment to God

“The great aim of the Holy Spirit is to get us abandoned to God.” -Oswald Chambers   “The essence of spirituality is contained in this phrase: complete and utter abandonment to the will of God.” -Jean Pierre de Caussade These are bold statements from trusted...
SOUNDINGS: “Composing Your Death Song”

SOUNDINGS: “Composing Your Death Song”

The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty…they are soon gone, and we fly away.   Psalm 90.10 “O death, where is your victory?  O death, where is your sting?”  1 Cor. 15.55 On December 28, 1872 in Arizona’s Salt River Canyon, US Major...
SOUNDINGS: “Why Beauty Matters Right Now”

SOUNDINGS: “Why Beauty Matters Right Now”

“These times are riven with anxiety and uncertainty, given the current global crisis…  At first, it sounds completely naive to suggest that now might be time to invoke and awaken beauty.  Yet this is exactly [my] claim…” John O’Donohue, 2004“Every good gift and every...