100 Things I Know #5 – Meaning Will Not Be Found. It Must Be Made.

Though we stumble upon moments when our lives cohere and suddenly all the our experiences make sense, and these moments often feel as if we’ve discovered an empirical reality that was there all along, the truth is that these moments are moments of our own story-telling, moments we have made. There are facts, and then …

Listening to God

Read the post first, then click the image and listen to the song.   It will make more sense... Listening to God is a strange idea. Seven billion people on the planet, all of them living and dying with needs, cries, joys, dances, and wars full of cruelties worthy of front page banner headlines.   We …

THE BATTING CAGE: One Story, Two Perspectives

Here's an interesting thing, a chance to get the same father-son story from the perspective of two writers.    Daniel, my son, had an interesting (not exactly tragic, but close) baseball experience when he was little, and later that night, after it happened, I sat and wrote the whole thing down, so I wouldn't forget. …

There’s A Lot To Deal With

Infographics and wordmapping have caught my eye lately.   So when I found Inkscape, I decided to start fiddling around with it.   Here's a first attempt at beginning to think visually about things running around in my head. The biggest objection will probably be the "I" being in the middle, but I put it …

You as Parable

If folks a thousand years from now preach sermons on your life, what would they walk away with... Those are the opening lyrics to a song I wrote several years ago.  My reading yesterday in IMAGE journal reminded me of it by way of an interview with Walter Brueggemann, professor emeritus of Old Testament studies …

The Task in Life

What a ride we're on... Sometimes I think the anxious people, the people with high blood pressure, the people always on edge, maybe even the paranoid folks...sometimes I think they're more right that the calm ones.  Why should we think good things will happen today?  Heaven knows there are lots of bad things happening.  Reading …