Highly Recommended: Verse Music

I am honored to know Callen Clarke and to count him among my closest friends. He is more talented than I can convey in a single post, but I hope this can be an introduction. One of his many talents, and one that continues to shape and encourage me, is his ability to convey beauty and story through music—whether it be …

My Own Deconstruction

Something wonderful has been happening to me: I’m beginning to fail where I used to find success.

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Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot

While, as a believer, I certainly don’t agree with everything Carl Sagan said, I have long appreciated his work.  As a ten year-old child, I remember getting up on Sunday mornings and watching the original run of his Cosmos series on PBS, and week by week I was simply captivated.

Theological Discussions at the Doyle House

I came across this old post from 2008, and I enjoyed remembering it so much that I had to repost it.  (Please note that my children are older, but the conversations haven’t necessarily changed that much.) The following is from 2008: So I walk into the living room and overhear the end of an apparently deep theological discussion among my …

I Don’t Go To Church Anymore (Again)

Thirteen years ago Amy and I made the decision to resign from paid ministry in the local church.  During the previous decade, I had worked at three congregations (one for only a year, another for eight, and the last for a little over a year).  One was a small family congregation, the second was a growing suburban congregation, and the …

For those of you who really know me…

You know that I have a difficult time inviting people to things that are of an “official” nature related to myself.  Somewhere along the way I developed this knee-jerk, over-response to anything that might appear less than genuine. Sometimes, as a church worker, I’ve wondered if in the back of people’s heads there’s this idea of that somehow an invitation by a church …

Do You Know Resistance?

“Most of us have two lives.  The life we live, and the unlived life within us.  Between the two stands Resistance. Have you ever brought home a treadmill and let it gather dust in the attic?  Ever quit a diet, a course of yoga, a meditation practice?  Have you ever bailed out on a call to embark upon a spiritual …