Hungry?

I recently read an article about hunger by Samuel Wells, a priest from the Church of England. He says there are two types of hunger: A hunger you can name and a hunger that doesn’t have a name. The hunger that you can name is easy–we hunger for food; our stomach...

The Art of Asking Great Questions

Do you ask questions? I once spent a lunch with someone who talked about themselves the entire time, never asking me one question. Actually, I have spent many a lunch or coffee with someone who doesn’t ask questions during our time together. These one-sided...

How to keep New Year’s resolutions.

Almost all New Year’s resolutions fail in the first few weeks; do you know why that is? For most of us, we attempt large sweeping changes like the ones listed in this meme…and that’s why our resolutions fail. When we make small incremental changes...

An Advent Reflection on 2017

One question that has been on the minds of many people this past year has been, where is God? Where is God when there is so much tragedy, loss, loneliness, harassment, racism, natural disasters, abuse of power, war, death, and brokenness in the world. It’s a...

Rectangles & Rounds

Have you ever noticed in very large corporate boardrooms the tables are almost always rectangles? And most of the time the most prominent person in the company is put at the head of the table. Everyone turns to listen to what he or she has to say, often taking notes...

The Examen; A Lenten Reflection

The Examen; A Lenten Reflection I don’t necessarily enjoy going to the doctor. There are times when I get sick, and I must go to the doctor so that I can feel better, but that doesn’t mean I like it. As I get older all the experts say I need to make regular...

The Psalms of Lament: How Long, Oh Lord?

The Psalms of Lament: How Long, Oh Lord? Every human being at some point will have experiences in life in which things will go terribly wrong. The “normal” of life will be upset and the proverbial wheels will fall off. Most of the situations that we will encounter...

3 Ducks

I was on a run one late afternoon at English Landing Park in Parkville and noticed something a bit surprising. It is standard practice after I run at the park to walk alongside the rivers edge and attempt to slow my life down a bit; I tend to move at a blistering pace...

Reclaiming the Fast on Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday (February 10, 2016) begins the season of Lent, which lasts till Easter (March 27, 2016). Lent lasts 40 days (Sunday’s are not counted as this is a day of rest). The custom of marking the head with ashes on this day is said to have originated during the...