Behold, I make all things new

At her birthday party last week, my goddaughter said, “Just as I had almost figured out how to be 18, now I’m 19.” I don’t know about you, but I have that experience all the time. To be a human being is to be in nearly perpetual transition. Just when we’ve almost figured out how … read more

A Life of Complications

A few months ago, I made the decision to purchase an Apple Watch to better track my run mileage, pace, and heart rate.  As I began to learn more about the Apple Watch, I discovered a fascinating feature called Complications.  In the world of Apple Watch, a complication is a feature that allows the watch […]

Toward a more ‘generous intellect’

For me—an introvert who works in ministry—one of the most dreaded questions asked by an airplane seatmate is, “So what do you do?” As someone who works in a church, I usually cannot avoid my seatmates’ ensuing thoughts on Christianity, the Church, God, Zen Buddhism, sexual orientation, women in ministry, etc. It’s not that I […]

Does God answer prayers?

I have been asked that question probably once a month since my ministry began a little more than a year ago.  Of course, I always answer in the affirmative and then follow up my response with, “It may not be the answer you were looking for or expecting. Often it’s so very much better than […]

Do we know the way?

The recent tragic events in Baton Rouge, Dallas and many places all over the world have left me thinking about what our responses as Christians, as individuals and as humans should be. While reflecting on these events, a family story plays in my mind again and again. When I was fourteen years old, before the […]

You Are Enough

As a therapist, I am given the rare honor to encounter the depths of my clients’ souls by helping each of them unfold and find some meaning in life’s sometimes traumatic experiences. This intimate therapy journey sometimes raises more questions than answers and may bring about more frustration, at first, than inner peace. When I […]

Love seeks its own level

How do I know who my neighbor is? By posing the question like that, it rather implies that if some are, then some are not, which I guess can be both true and not true at the same time. It’s kind of a trick question. For the Samaritan in Luke’s Gospel, that stranger lying beaten […]

O God of Earth and Altar (Prayer for the Nation)

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O God of Earth and Altar (Prayer for the Nation) – 1906 – The Episcopal Hymnal #591 From all that terror teaches, From lies of tongue and pen, From all the easy speeches That comfort cruel men…. Deliver us, good Lord. Strong words, indeed! Could any hymn be more suited to the current political climate, […]

In Christ’s Name We Play

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Ahhh, summer. The hot, sunny days bring to mind fond memories of eating watermelon by the pool, playing in the sand at the beach, and jumping in the refreshing Frio River. But, alas, memories they remain. Because now my summer days are mostly spent sitting in an overly air conditioned office answering emails on a slow, […]

Spiritual Tinkering

On my nightstand is a beautiful Anglican rosary. For those who do not know what an Anglican rosary is, it is a set of prayer beads similar to the traditional Roman Catholic rosary, but the Anglican rosary does not have established prayers associated with it. You can pray the Hail Mary, or the Lord’s Prayer, […]