Faith is not a formula.
And I wouldn't even use the word 'relationship' - and probably not the metaphor of 'a journey'.
The older I get, the more it seems that faith is a process - a determined focus on listening to the eternal, sifting out the noise and distractions and becoming closer with each breath and each word, to the fullness - and emptiness - of the pulse, hand and purpose of our Creator, which, ultimately brings us where we belong.
I'm a teacher and writer, which really means that I am a listener and I share what I see and hear.
William Shakespeare, in ‘Hamlet’ describes death as “the undiscovered country” from which “no man returns”.
And if we believe in God, there is only one thing we know for sure – if God is here, he is also th...
When a baby looks in a mirror
It sees an ever-deepening mystery,
An ever-changing reversal of the familiar,
Something known and unknown,
Knowable, yet essentially unknowable.
A mirror is a fascinating glimp...
I and the public know
What all schoolchildren learn,
Those to whom evil is done
Do evil in return. -W. H. Auden
Sometimes an issue emerges in a culture that takes us by surprise – not because it is so new, b...
Have your ever noticed how we so easily invert traditional – even Biblical sayings and values?
We might call ourselves Christians, but our language, if not our behavior, will betray us every day.
As Paul p...
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:12-14
That was the inscription under the stained-glass window in a military chapel of a paratrooper in full battle gear on h...
How many more shootings, local or national, do we need?
How many more school shootings do we need before have anything like an adult conversation about these playthings of death that we love so much?
Photo: FlickR/Still Burning
Have you ever known anyone imprisoned by a cell of their own making?
Perhaps we all do it to some degree, but some do it to the extent that their lives are an ever-shrinking, impl...
How did we go from the Passover Lamb to the Easter Ham?
It’s a complicated, not very pretty story, central to modern religious identity and, for those reasons, tucked away from public view.
A truly “new” ...
Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become your character.
Watch your character, it becomes your d...
I teach English, writing and public speaking at the college level.
There are three key principles of communication; to inform, to persuade and to entertain. Effective and memorable communicators will incorpo...