Exit Through the Wilderness

By | July 10th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Books|

Photo by Freddie Marriage via Unsplash Check out this guest post by my friend Zach Hoag, and then go buy his book, The Light is Winning, a book "for anyone who is anxious about the future of the church and their place in it." * * * * [...]

Glimpses of Eden at a Funeral

By | July 6th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Books, Courageous People of Lancaster|

There are a few really good souls in this world, and Caleb Wilde is one of them. We met a few years ago when he won a writing contest I held on my blog and, in lieu of the reward, he asked for coffee with me. Nice guy, right? I [...]

When I Tried to Teach My Son to Ride His Bike

By | July 3rd, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Identity, On Writing, The Little People in the House|

It is a warm day, the day he turns eight years old, and he eats his birthday waffles and drinks his birthday coffee - decaf - and while the morning sun in North Carolina burns off the nighttime rain, he begs to go out and try his bike for the [...]

Embracing the Revolutionary Act of Trying and Failing and Trying Again

By | June 29th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Identity, On Writing|

Photo by Kyle Meck via Unsplash. Yesterday, my friend Seth blogged about failure, and he penned one of my favorite lines I've read this year: "I’m making this request to the formula-peddling self-helpers (Christian and otherwise): Don’t just sell me your answers; show me your work." Now, I [...]

The Main Obstacle in Releasing a Book

By | June 28th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Identity, On Writing|

Photo by Laura Aziz on Unsplash The heat in Carolina is the kind that the trees can lean against when they're tired, which is most of the time, because the heat will do that to you. Thunderstorms bookend the sky every afternoon, sometimes sailing past to the north, [...]

The Girl Who Couldn’t Speak #RideshareConfessional

By | June 27th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Ridesharing Confessional|

Photo by Ryan Pouncy via Unsplash She gets into the backseat of my car, a tiny thing, with limbs the wind might blow away. She is smiling and has had too much to drink but something about her seems unfamiliar with it. I wouldn’t be surprised if she [...]

Finding Things (Peace and Books, Just to Name a Few)

By | June 20th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Best of the Web, Books|

I know it's been rather quiet around these parts lately. I suppose there are a fair amount of reasons for that - we're currently in NC hanging out with Maile's family; I've also been busy on the book-writing front; and then there's the scurrying to get ready for the release [...]

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