Two Thousand Years in Rehearsal

A high school stage play is more polished than the service we have been rehearsing since the year one. In 2000 years, we have not worked out the kinks. We positively glorify them. Week after week we witness the same miracle: that God is so mighty he can stifle his own laughter. Week after week,Continue reading “Two Thousand Years in Rehearsal”

Lent – A Tithe of Your Time

In many cultures there is an ancient custom of giving a tenth of each year’s income to some holy use. For Christians, to observe the forty days of Lent is to do the same thing with roughly a tenth of each year’s days. After being baptized by John in the river Jordan, Jesus went offContinue reading “Lent – A Tithe of Your Time”

To Follow the Star – A Christmas Reflection

My kids and I were heading home from school. I was driving as they sat in the back seat, telling me about their day. Thanksgiving still approached, but the radio station we often listen to had already begun to play Christmas songs. In fact, it played only Christmas songs. I was humming along with oneContinue reading “To Follow the Star – A Christmas Reflection”

No Such Thing As a Small Decision

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle You’re standing in the check-out line and see the headline of a magazine. It’s a favorite actor of yours and he’s broken up with yet another girlfriend. You pick it up, eager to know the details of his life.Continue reading “No Such Thing As a Small Decision”

These Spaces in Between

Airports are non-places. In-between places. You’re not really here but not really there yet. You’ve said goodbye and haven’t yet said hello. At an airport, you’re not quite in the air but not exactly on the ground. Usually, in airports we’re in too much of a hurry to contemplate the liminality of such spaces. It’sContinue reading “These Spaces in Between”

The Importance of Being Present as a Writer

The life of a writer seems almost extravagant at times. I don’t mean that I sleep in every morning, wake up only when I feel like it, then walk or drive around in search of inspiration for writing. I don’t spend hours sitting outside an overly expensive coffee shop sipping a mocha latte and writingContinue reading “The Importance of Being Present as a Writer”

Reasons Why A Writer Writes

Why do I write? I read a quote some time ago that has stuck somewhere in my mind or heart, or perhaps both. It went something like this: “The act of writing is the act of discovering what you believe.” So much has been said of writing. Probably even more has been written about writing.Continue reading “Reasons Why A Writer Writes”

How to Kill a Mockingbird, a Longing for Belonging, and the Power of Story

A Strange Introduction to Boo Radley The autumn I was 12, my big brother, Emmanuel, invented a name for our neighbor across the street: Boo Radley.  The man’s name was actually Doug. Although in his late thirties, he still lived with his mother. Doug had narrow eyes and a strange, perpetual smile. We had beenContinue reading “How to Kill a Mockingbird, a Longing for Belonging, and the Power of Story”