“Insulated By Thick Layers of Insensibility”

"Where men live huddled together without true communication, there seems to be greater sharing and a more genuine communion.  But this is not communion, only immersion in the general meaninglessness of countless slogans and clichés repeated over and over again so that in the end one listens without hearing and responds without thinking. The constant …

The Limits of Language: Love

The substance of that human quality of mind, spirit, and action we refer to as "love" has a hard time landing in a word that even comes close to accurate representation and communication.   "I love you" can mean any number of the following sentiments: You raise my level of erotic desire. You call forth …

How to Pray

The disciples wondered how to pray, and asked Jesus to teach them.  The gospel of Matthew records the version of Jesus' reply we know as The Lord's Prayer.   Simple, direct, covers all the bases; praise, petition, and ascribing appropriate glory.   Paul says plainly, "Pray continually" or more famously, "without ceasing."      And …

I Need Words

Tonight, some words. The dryer's running, and it's hot in my office.  How the rain outside asserts itself into my space is hard to say, but it does.  I like rain, but I'm tired of it.  "No grumbling," God's word says, but grumbles pour in and out of my head before I hardly know they're …