The Antidote to Chaos (Podcast Episode 2)
Feb08

The Antidote to Chaos (Podcast Episode 2)

If you haven’t yet read about my podcast, The Sacred Question Mark, you can do so here!   Episode 2: Our culture has historically portrayed humanity as black white — we like to think that the “good guys” really are totally good, and the “bad guys” really are totally bad.  Reality, as well as recent portrayals of it in Hollywood films like The Layer Cake and the Christopher Nolan Batman...

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The Alienness of Helplessness (Podcast Episode 1)
Jan31

The Alienness of Helplessness (Podcast Episode 1)

If you haven’t yet read about my new podcast, The Sacred Question Mark, you can do so here!   Episode 1: President Donald Trump recently enacted an Executive Order which greatly detrimentally impacted the lives of countless immigrants here in the United States and abroad.  Understandably, most of us feel utterly helpless.  But this is a feeling that is, to turn a phrase, “alien” to us, and from which we’re...

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A (Very) Brief Response to Tim Keller and Nicholas Kristof
Dec24

A (Very) Brief Response to Tim Keller and Nicholas Kristof

Here we are, on the eve of Christmas 2016.  This holiday season has inarguably been filled with the least hope and the least wonder for me personally that I can ever remember.  No doubt, I am still smarting from a grossly toxic election season and an outcome that is vexing and difficult to fathom, as well as the implications that outcome has had in shattering what remaining illusions I apparently had about the world, and these United...

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Why So Many Evangelicals Will Vote for Trump
Sep27

Why So Many Evangelicals Will Vote for Trump

I read Reaching for the Invisible God by Philip Yancey ten or twelve years ago. I loved it. It was so helpful for me at a time when I was lost and searching, clamoring to make sense of losing the faith of my childhood, and dreadfully uncertain that I’d ever find another one in its place. I didn’t, actually, until some six or seven years later, which is precisely why Yancey’s book provided such balm to me personally: “I have known...

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4 Powerful Henri Nouwen Quotes
Sep22

4 Powerful Henri Nouwen Quotes

Today is the 20th anniversary of the death of my unofficial patron saint, Henri Nouwen.  Outside of Richard Rohr, whom I could never have understood without doing the work Nouwen gave me to do first, no single author has impacted me more as a therapist and person. It would be impossible to overstate his influence (if it’s any indication how much this is really true, consider that my son’s name is Lev Nouwen Immanuel...

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