Thanksgiving in Prison

November 24, 2016 at 12:41 pm

“I am disappointed that I am so weak. I feel at the point of failure” The words repeated themselves several times throughout the letter, punctuated with additional confessions of panic attacks, depression, hopelessness, loneliness and fear.   The letter was sent from a fellow colleague in ministry, and had I not […]

Hide and Seek

February 3, 2016 at 4:56 pm

From time to time, I am prone to hiding. I suppose in one way or another, we all are. When we feel weak, afraid, tired or insecure, we each have a way of closing down the hardness of the outside world, to shut out the lights or the sounds or […]

Fighting to Surrender

December 31, 2015 at 7:45 am

For years my resolution was to quit drinking. My first fifteen attempts went horribly awry. The last three years have proven that not all stories end badly. I was at Steve Visco’s house when I had my first sip of beer. I still remember the beads of sweat forming on […]

Planned Parenthood & the Anatomy of Unbelief

October 2, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Earlier this week Republicans grilled Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards regarding the use of federal funding to perform abortions. During a heated congressional hearing Richards tried desperately to defend the indefensible. Despite her feeble attempts at half-truths, sidesteps and ambiguity Richards finally conceded under oath that when federal funds are […]

The Fall of Tullian Tchividjian

June 23, 2015 at 1:13 pm

  Like racism and police brutality, the public failure of megachurch pastors is an unfortunately common theme in the media these days. The most recent tale surfaced after the resignation of Tullian Tchividjian, Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida following his confession of an extramarital affair. Like all failure, both […]

Not Guilty

April 16, 2015 at 6:00 pm

  In the summer of July, 2012 I packed into a minivan with two friends who were willing to endure over six hours of cinematic madness with me. It was the opening night of “The Dark Knight Rises,” the finale to Christopher Nolan’s wildly successful trilogy centering on the iconic […]

Born to Kill

March 6, 2015 at 8:02 pm

        Long before I ever read Timothy Kudo’s article in the New York Times, I already knew how to kill. Never with my hands, but with weapons I was given at birth that always proved to be equally as fatal; a quick mind, a heart perpetually turned inward […]

Lessons from Chris M. Blow

September 26, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Charles M. Blow shared a bold piece of literature this week in a New York Times op-ed. The article drew from Blow’s new memoir Fire Shut Up in My Bones in which he processes the weighty issues of his past and present including sexual abuse, the bonds of family, stereotypes, […]

Generational Sin

November 29, 2012 at 8:27 pm

In the days and weeks surrounding the holidays I am always reminded of a theological truth known as “generational sin.” The phrase itself sounds rather archaic, medieval even. The notion that the sins of future generations trickle down to fall squarely on the shoulders of proceeding generations sounds more like […]