“The Empty Calendar” Essay at Fathom

I wrote an essay about how I have struggled with loneliness during this past year, and how I have attempted to push through that loneliness into solitude. I wanted to see if I could put words to my experience in a way that connected with what so many others are experiencing during the pandemic. The … Continue reading “The Empty Calendar” Essay at Fathom

C.S. Lewis on Worrying about What’s Distant

I was alerted recently to this quote from a letter by C. S. Lewis to Dom Bede Griffiths from December 20, 1946: It is one of the evils of rapid diffusion of news that the sorrows of all the world come to us every morning. I think each village was meant to feel pity for … Continue reading C.S. Lewis on Worrying about What’s Distant

A Prayer in Solitude

Since I accidentally pushed out a blank blog post yesterday to all who subscribe (oops!), I wanted to write something a little more substantive today to make it up to all of you. I’ve been reading Thomas Merton’s book Thoughts in Solitude in an attempt to learn as much as I can about how to … Continue reading A Prayer in Solitude

Sitting with Our Neighbors

We divide ourselves so many times into so many categories that we lose sight of what is more important, loving our neighbor as ourselves. Rather than go over to the rock of someone that is different we tend to stay in our groups with people that are like us losing opportunities to share in their … Continue reading Sitting with Our Neighbors

The Great Terrible Thing

The Pacific Northwest has a reputation for getting a lot of rain, but volume-wise it doesn’t rain that much more here than a lot of other places. It’s just that the rain is spread out over so many dark, cloudy days during the fall … and the winter … and the spring … and the … Continue reading The Great Terrible Thing

Worthy Conduct (Phil 1:27–2:4)

I preached this sermon on June 28, 2020, at Bellingham Covenant Church. There’s a famous quote from Martin Luther King that says 11 a.m. on Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America. It’s still a famous quote because, even though he said it in the ‘60s and official segregation ended a long time … Continue reading Worthy Conduct (Phil 1:27–2:4)

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Review)

Once a year, my employer encourages everyone who works there to read business books and write reviews of them in exchange for cash (up to $200). I've been there for nine years now, and read many books in that time, but had never read one particular classic of the self-help genre. In part because The … Continue reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Review)

Second Edition of Political Visions and Illusions

Long-time readers of this blog (hi, Dad!) may be familiar with David T. Koyzis's book Political Visions and Illusions, which was originally published in 2003 and I reviewed here in 2012. When I first read it, it was a game-changer for me. I had read some political philosophy here and there, but lacked a coherent … Continue reading Second Edition of Political Visions and Illusions

Your Future Self Will Thank You (Review)

If you're like me, you've had the experience of deciding to do something and then actually doing the opposite. You want to go to the gym, but sit on the couch instead. You think it would be best to get a salad, but go for the burger and fries. You think you should be saving … Continue reading Your Future Self Will Thank You (Review)

The Politics of Ministry (Review)

The word "politics" often has a negative connotation. It conjures up images of manipulation, brazen self-interest, hunger for power, and outright contempt for any who might disagree or get in the way. Even if you think it's necessary in certain circumstances, if your soul has not been damaged beyond repair you can't help but regard … Continue reading The Politics of Ministry (Review)