The older I get, the more the old saying of Jesus "Physician, heal thyself" makes sense. I've spent more than two decades doing a lot of caring. But the more attend to myself, the more sadness I find, the more anxiety I feel, the more trauma I notice. The more I realize that I desperately … Continue reading a reminder to take care of you
I'm moving on. I've spent the last decade-plus in the midst of a sad and frustrating polarization. In other posts, I've talked about it as the Emergent-Resurgence polarization. It's the newest episode in a long series of polarization-episodes. We, Christians, are Academy Award winners in the Polarization Genre. Best debates. Best books. Best blogs. Best … Continue reading Moving Beyond Polarization into Mission
At the Leadership for the Church in Mission conference the week before last, Prof. NT Wright ranted against the media obsession with the Penn State scandal. I get it. For Wright, the American news media is quick to jump on a sensational story, missing the more subtle stories of injustice in the states and around … Continue reading Why Penn State and Syracuse Matter…
Demosthenes once said, "Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true." Listening to James K.A. Smith speak to our Newbigin Fellows this past weekend, I was reminded of the importance of liturgical worship, and one of its core elements - Confession. It's why we need church … Continue reading On Self-Deception
I heard an interview with a struggling baseball player the other day. The radio personality interviewing him said, "It must be tough right now." The player said, "It's always tough. We work in a profession where succeeding 3 out of every 10 times is success. We've got to learn to deal with frequent failure." The … Continue reading on self-compassion, inner critics, and becoming the beloved | 3
I love this poem by Fleur Adcock. Take your time and read it. I'll share some thoughts after it... Weathering My face catches the wind from the snow line and flushes with a flush that will never wholly settle. Well, that was a metropolitan vanity, wanting to look young forever, to pass. I was never … Continue reading On Self-Compassion, Inner Critics, and Becoming the Beloved – Part 2
Dear Skeptic, Thomas Merton once wrote, "All sin starts from the assumption that my false self, the self that exists only in my egocentric desires, is the fundamental reality of life to which everything in the universe is ordered." If you are truly a skeptic, you likely repel at the thought of a concept like … Continue reading On Christian Hypocrisy 1 :: Who are We?