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Greatness Isn’t Entertainment

Most of us probably don’t give a damn about being great. Rather be aspire to something great – to do what we are doing now better than the day before, to become something greater, to go where only our imagination can take us – most of us sit around waiting for the world to entertain … Continue reading

Snake Handlers: Can Religion Be An Addiction?

Scott Bailey discusses the stupidity of belief when it clearly puts us in harm’s way as it did. Case in point: A preacher who died while handling serpents in the same way his father died – from a snakebite. (T)o remain this willfully ignorant and stupid is simply stunning… to pretend that you can do … Continue reading

The Spiritual Discipline of Raising Kids

Another of Simone Weil’s incisive thoughts is her notion of attention. She uses mathematics as an example of how we can train ourselves in spiritual discipline. Math requires a solution that is objective. I have to focus on solving a problem that sits outside of my feelings and perceptions. It’s more of a discipline to … Continue reading

A Conversion Experience in Two Songs

I look at the past 18 months of my life as two people. One person was on his way out and a new person was on his way in. I couldn’t see that happening for the most part, but I sure could feel the pull of change and the snags of moments I clung to. … Continue reading

The Day I Wanted to Die, The Day I Was Reborn

I sat on the front porch. A sobbing mess, drunk on boxed wine and shame. It was a perfectly clear and cold winter night. Every star was clear in the canopy of darkness. Little points of light by which hundreds of thousands of sailors needed just to live out on the sea. They depended on … Continue reading

From Doubt to Mystery: Answering a Question for Peter Rollins

For about a decade I understood that doubt and faith go together. That is to say, faith should be a questioning and critical self-reflective exercise rather than walking blindly in total trust. I doubted everything. Faith was a fully intellectual exercise and very safe because it was an object. Faith didn’t require any self-examination. But … Continue reading


Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.  But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’And if … Continue reading

Happiness is Simple

Regard as free not those whose statues makes them outwardly free, but those who are free in their character and conduct. For we should not call men in authority truly free when they are wicked for dissolute, since they are slaves to worldly passions. Freedom and happiness of soul consist in genuine purity and detachment … Continue reading

Fasting Isn’t Necessary Anymore…Right?

Consider this statement from St. John Chrysostom: It is necessary most of all for one who is fasting to curb anger, to accustom himself to meekness and condescension, to have a contrite heart, to repulse impure thoughts and desires, to examine his conscience, to put his mind to the test and to verify what good … Continue reading

Beauty and Consequence

Last night my two boys (7 & 5) got into a fight over a matchbox-sized car while I stepped away from them for all of two minutes. It was at the end of the day and they were tired. Personal ownership of items is so wrapped up in identity at these ages that taking things … Continue reading