Courage, Dear Heart
Jul19

Courage, Dear Heart

  I haven’t been able to write since at least last November.  Probably longer. It’s easy to mark the time that way because when Donald Trump was elected last November I really feel as though a piece of me died.   It wasn’t, at least in my case, that I thought Hilary Clinton was an ideal candidate. But I’d have chosen her six days a week and twice on Sunday to avoid Donald Trump. But the piece of me that died had relatively little...

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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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Brother Alois of Taizé: Interviews with Spiritual Heroes
Dec22

Brother Alois of Taizé: Interviews with Spiritual Heroes

Welcome to the first post in the ongoing series, Interviews with Spiritual Heroes! Taizé is an ecumenical monastic order in Taizé, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France, founded in 1940 by Brother Roger Schütz, consisting of over one hundred brothers from Protestant and Catholic traditions and about thirty countries across the world. According to Wikipedia, “The community has become one of the world’s most important sites of...

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The American Dream for Losers
Jul04

The American Dream for Losers

*Identities changed to protect those involved.  “Come on,” I said.  “You want all of these good things for yourself.  That doesn’t seem consistent with not going to school.” “It’s not,” responded Rashid*, a handsome, African-American young man who was surprisingly engaged in counseling.  “Some days I just didn’t have a choice.” “You’ve always got a choice, man,” I said. “No, like I really didn’t have a choice.”  “Like you didn’t...

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But Aren’t You a Christian Counselor?
Apr29

But Aren’t You a Christian Counselor?

“My son, he goes to a Christian university, and we just found out last night…he’s struggling with homosexuality. Can you help him?” That’s a verbatim quote from a worried mother who contacted my counseling practice last fall. I get a handful of calls like this every year. I recall them vividly because, among other reasons, the parents are usually so sincere. It’s something that always sticks with me...

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