August 12, 2020

What’s Growing In The Shadow of Anger?

Sometimes someone else’s sins become the light of seeing our own. Several years ago I was working with a particularly difficult young church staff member. His pattern was to do everything his way, and when negative consequences arrived, to be completely defensive. Insight into his own character wasn’t much of an interest. Finding others guilty […]

Preparing to Meet the Void

In a few days, Denise and I are going to make a change in our lives. We’re both 52. The kids are gone. No grandkids yet. Thirty years together. We’ve always had television. In a few days, we’re getting rid of it. Dish TV will unhook the Dish, and we won’t have any television reception. […]

Twenty-Five Sortof Random Things I Do and Don’t Believe

Relax. It’s not a meme. Nor should it become one. Though, I feel divinely led to tag…. 1. I don’t believe gay marriage is the biggest threat to the family. Not by anything approaching a long shot. I’ve worked with thousands of students in my life, and the messed up kids were messed up by […]

Holes in the Soul

Back in the day, I got a psych major in my undergrad work. That’s pretty ironic, believe me, in more ways than you can imagine. I can’t say I learned a great deal, but I did begin a lifelong journey of making observations and drawing tentative conclusions about myself. If I would have paid attention […]

Refelctions on Being the Parent of Adult Children

When you are a 52 year old dad, and you have a 20 year old, college student son, it’s not all that unusual if you don’t have many one-on-one, personal conversations. But my son and I had a good one today, and it left me with an abundance of things to reflect on. 1. I’m […]

The IMonk on Steve Brown, Etc.

It’s my third go around on my favorite radio/podcast program. We talked about Halloween, the Election and House, M.D. If SBE isn’t on your itunes, you’re missing one of the best treats on the web. Thanks to Erik, Kathy and Steve for a great time.

Arrested by The Word

There was a moment in last week’s House, M.D. that really reached me. (As this show often does. Its portrayal of the human soul is consistently remarkable.) House has been forced to deliver a eulogy at the funeral of his father, whom he not only hated, but has concluded is not his biological parent. House […]

What I’m reading, watching and listening to these days.

Reading: Jesus Wants To Save Christians: A Manifesto for the Church in Exile by Rob Bell and Don Golden. A survey of the Bible’s message using the theme of the “New Exodus,” with lots of application to the current empire. Packaged in a rather distracting way, but plenty of good material in a relatively few […]

A Big Surprise, A Big Criticism, A Big Question: More Thoughts On The Place of Certainty

One of my biggest surprises this year was looking at the program for the Desiring God Ministries National Conference and seeing Dan Taylor as one of the speakers. I love Dan Taylor. His book The Myth of Certainty is in my top ten books that have been personally helpful. I’ve reviewed the book here at […]

Icebergs, Onions and Why You’re Not As Simple As You Think

“My theology is simply what I read in the Bible.” Sure it is. “What I believe and practice is simply what the Bible teaches and nothing else.” Of course. What else could be simpler? I’m sure several of you won’t be surprised at all to learn that I meet with a pastoral counselor on a […]