Risk much. Fail often. The wisdom of the desert.

Back in the 16th century, a Reformation was happening.  But it's not the Reformation you're thinking of.  There was, of course, the well-known and dramatic 'protest' of Martin Luther which captured the headlines.  But over in Spain, a tag-team reform duo was hard at work re-branding monastic life in a way that would draw persecution, … Continue reading Risk much. Fail often. The wisdom of the desert.

Suffering and sanity: How lament can save us in our darkest moments

It is a key insight of Freud that until there is an embrace of honest helplessness, there is no true Gospel that can be heard.  It is telling that the Psalms use the words pit/Sheol/waters/depth (as images of the dangerous realities of life), for in therapy, one must be "in the depths" to experience new … Continue reading Suffering and sanity: How lament can save us in our darkest moments