On Family, Restoration, and Thanksgiving

It’s another Thanksgiving and families are gathering.  They’re eating turkey drizzled with gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberries and green bean casserole.  Uncles and Aunts have driven miles, and cousins sit down at the table, and the same stories are retold over and over, with new exaggerations and details.  We might watch football, or play board games, … Read More

On Christian Celebrities: {and how we are all broken}

I write with trepidation, after prayer, on the micro-organism called Christian celebrity. It’s this quirky, strange subset of an ecosystem, this Christian marketplace, is it not?  It’s like Insectopia in the movie Antz — a glorified puddle we’ve made into a lavish resort, all our Christian conferences and books and tribes and superstars.  It swallows … Read More

In the Stillness

“Silent solitude makes true speech possible and personal.  If I am not in touch with my own belovedness, then I cannot touch the sacredness of others.  If I am estranged from myself, I am likewise a stranger to others.”   Brennan Manning ### There was that time two days ago when I tried to sit … Read More