My Friend Died Last Week

By | April 27th, 2016|A Contemplative Life, Courageous People of Lancaster, Faith and Doubt|

Photo by Marleen Trommelen via Unsplash My friend died last week. He was a good man, in every sense. I found out about his passing on Facebook, and when I first saw his name, I kept repeating it over and over again to myself because surely my brain [...]

Five Things I Do Instead of Blowing Up My Life and Starting Over

By | March 24th, 2016|A Contemplative Life, Faith and Doubt, Identity|

Last week I was working. I had my laptop with me in bed, I was wearing my sweatpants, a hoodie, and I was obsessing over whether or not a publisher is going to pick up The Day the Angels Fell (commercial break - you can purchase it for your Kindle [...]

Waiting is Something Besides Sitting Around

By | March 8th, 2016|A Contemplative Life, Faith and Doubt|

Photo by Ermin Celikovic via Unsplash "A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us." Henri Nouwen Aren't those [...]

One Christian’s Response to Super Tuesday

By | March 3rd, 2016|A Contemplative Life, Faith and Doubt, Identity|

There's a chaotic angst broiling in America these days. Facebook and Twitter basically blew up as the results from Super Tuesday became clear and He Who Must Not Be Named was declared the winner in many states, his path to the presidency made straight(er). You can feel the tension gathering [...]

Going Five Months Without Income (and Why Emptiness is a Good Thing)

By | March 1st, 2016|A Contemplative Life, Books, Faith and Doubt|

Photo by Gili Benita via Unsplash It is very hard to allow emptiness to exist in our lives. Emptiness requires a willingness not to be in control, a willingness to let something new and unexpected happen. It requires trust, surrender, and openness to guidance. God wants to dwell [...]

When You Care Too Much About Politics

By | February 15th, 2016|A Contemplative Life, Faith and Doubt|

"Be careful of politicians who would offer you things that are not theirs to give." Father David Peck, Saint James Episcopal Church On Sunday it was cold. It doesn't get that cold very often around here, the kind of cold that hurts your skin after a few minutes and burns [...]

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My First Ash Wednesday Service, and a Suggested Lenten Practice For My White Friends

By | February 11th, 2016|A Contemplative Life, Faith and Doubt, Identity, The Little People in the House|

I've never been to an Ash Wednesday service before. This is just our second Lenten season at Saint James Episcopal Church, and last year we couldn't make it to the Wednesday service, so when we headed downtown yesterday, I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. "Stop being so happy," I [...]