Into the Wilderness

March 28, 2017 at 9:02 am

One of my fondest memories is a journey my wife and I took together just weeks after our wedding, backpacking across the Presidential Range in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. On the morning of our second day we woke early and stepped out from under our tarp to meet a morning breaking […]

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 […]

Ashley Madison & the Suicide of Dr. John Gibson

September 17, 2015 at 12:38 pm

Two men, two betrayals, and two very different endings. Judas is greedy for thirty pieces of silver and sells out his friend to the awaiting authorities with an insincere kiss on a cheek. Peter waits in the darkening courtyard and calls down curses from heaven as he denies any knowledge […]

Resting in the Work

August 13, 2015 at 1:40 pm

“Most Christians make the mistake of trying walk in order to be able to sit but that is the reverse of the true order. Our natural reason says if we do not walk, how can we ever reach the goal? But Christianity is a queer business. If at the outset […]

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 […]

Pastoral Suicide & the Lamenting Church

November 13, 2014 at 8:14 pm

  “To enter a broken heart means that our hearts will be broken as well.” – Paul Miller        It was close to a year ago that I sat at my computer writing a reflection on the suicide of a fellow pastor named Stephen Hightower. Today, I find […]

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, […]

Thank You Sean: A Tribute to Robin Williams

August 12, 2014 at 5:00 pm

No movie has touched my life more dramatically than Good Will Hunting. It appeared on the screen in a season of my life in which alcohol and anger were seeping from my own father wounds, and during a time when the direction of my life and the purpose of my […]

Isaac: A Theology of Sacrifice

June 19, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Abraham was sure he had heard the promise descend out of the sky, straight from God himself. It was the promise of a son. It was the promise that ancient loins would still bring forth life and barren wombs would finally produce lineage. It was the promise of legacy and […]