Big Brother Bookkeeping

(From thoughts that began collecting in my 1995 journal.) In Luke 15:2, the Pharisees register a complaint against Jesus: “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Included in Jesus’ response to the leaders’ disapproval is the beloved parable of the …

Liberty, Lawlessness, & Control

Seven Woes, part 7 Woe to those who prefer the spirit of control over the spirit of liberty. Will we expend the energy to pursue interior holiness? For years I have been thinking about a disturbing and distinct division among followers …

Slow down & face the ugly

Seven Woes, part 6 Woe to us when we attempt to outrun addictions. Will we slow down and seek help? Addictions simply can’t be outrun. They will not be silenced by noise, exhausted by activity, or intimidated by sacrifice. Slow …

When you think God is wasting your time

Seven Woes, part 5 Woe to us when we squander today straining toward tomorrow. Will we savor this gift called time? [Note: These thoughts will be familiar to readers of Anonymous: Jesus’ Hidden Years and Yours.] We may not say …

Always grazing, never committing

Seven Woes, part 4 Woe to us when we justify unfaithfulness to the Church. Will we commit to the gathered people of God? This is not about taking prayerful time to find a spiritual home in a new city or a …

The spiritualization of ambition

Seven Woes, part 3 Woe to us when we crave fame. Do we possess the strength to be nothing?   May we speak honestly about the spiritualization of ambition in the church? We daydream of greatness and call it being visionary.   …

The abuse of mercy

Seven Woes, part 2 Woe to us when we protect wolves. Will we fight to discern between mercy and deception? This is a merciful generation: one that hears the silent wounded and is willing to make sacrifices toward their healing. Yet …

The bridge between generations

Many have made a difference, but only for a moment. Many have made a difference, but lost their own souls. Many have made a difference, but drowned in the sea of need. Many have made a difference, but only for …

Why I Respect Atheists

Radio interviews are almost always enjoyable, especially when the host permits call-ins. I love the raw nature of a live Q&A; it’s energizing. But one call-in a few years ago caught me off-guard. Frankly, I was stunned and couldn’t fill …

On Vulnerabilities

Often there are vulnerabilities in our lives that, looking back, we have had hints of along the way but they did not seem life-threatening. These vulnerabilities are exploited in different ways in different souls. For some, vulnerabilities are exposed through …