Words

Preamble: What follows is a brief reflection on prayer, as informed by personal experience, seminary studies, and a Master’s Thesis I wrote on the nature of prayer and attention. It interacts with prayer in ways that are likely unfamiliar to many, but which are, I assure you, quite orthodox (as in “theologically acceptable”). My intent … More Words

I Stand Amazed: Some thoughts on dancing and the solar eclipse

I watched “So You Think You Can Dance” for the first time yesterday. I had never seen a clip of the show before then. Seriously.  I know you are wondering where I am going with this, but please just bear with me. For those unfamiliar with “So You Think You Can Dance”, part of the … More I Stand Amazed: Some thoughts on dancing and the solar eclipse

Personality and Jesus – Finding God’s Heart for Who I Am

I have always loved personality tests. I love the questions, the analysis, poring over every word that determines exactly who I am – all of it. Yes. I am one of those! I studied psychology in college after all, a major that may not do much for my career prospects sans graduate degree but has … More Personality and Jesus – Finding God’s Heart for Who I Am

The Vulnerability of a Positive Perspective

At every level of our culture, there is a trend to avoid vulnerability at essentially all costs. Vulnerability feels scary, raw, and sometimes just too honest. Recently, I have been reading the book Daring Greatly by Brené Brown, and it has profoundly shifted my perspective on the purpose and potential of vulnerability. If you haven’t … More The Vulnerability of a Positive Perspective

Silence

It really is remarkable how much can be communicated in a moment of silence. I recall a few weeks ago when a significant announcement was made regarding a core family of our church and the silence that ensued as we heard the news spoke volumes in terms of the incredible value this family is to the … More Silence