Sand in the Gears

Which will falter

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 Posted in Faith and Life, The Sermons | 14 Comments »

In the gathered dark freezing rain scaled the limbs, the leaves, and every outstretched thing. We woke to the thrum of a power line fallen, its light so savage we had to shield our eyes. Electric fire inhabited a tree ...

Everybody dance now

Thursday, April 18th, 2013 Posted in The Artful Life | Comments Off

Some of you may like my latest essay, "Art as a Common Gift." Here's an excerpt: Imagine that. Millions of people, many of them knowing not the first words of orthodox praise, harboring scant knowledge of theology, yet all of them ...

Childlike

Friday, November 30th, 2012 Posted in Faith and Life | 5 Comments »

Back when I thought I knew something about God, I sought arguments. God is this, and God is not that, and those scriptures you think say one thing actually mean something else, don't you know. I thought her simple and ...

Question of the day

Monday, November 26th, 2012 Posted in Faith and Life | 5 Comments »

Maybe you are like me and you are like most of us and so you imagine that your looks and your brains and your accumulations matter. Sometimes this works well for us, because if nothing else we can imagine the ...

Thin thread

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 Posted in The Artful Life | 1 Comment »

Some of you may like my latest essay at the Image Good Letters blog. Here's an excerpt: "Telling a story along that thin thread, however, means abandoning the notion that the world pierces us more deeply, that our hearts sing more ...