Hopefully Tomorrow…

This is a shameless cross-posting from my newsletter, Biblia Luna. If you're interested in signing up for it, a weekly look into the intersection of faith and mental illness, then just click here. A few months ago, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Molly Jameson for her podcast Not Good. I felt at … Continue reading Hopefully Tomorrow…

This Deserving Stuff is Hard

So, as I blogged about a few days ago, I've been thinking and journaling about deserving since Lent began on Wednesday. I gotta tell you, this deserving stuff is hard for me. A few things have already become clear to me: First, that there is a very large, very loud part of me that feels … Continue reading This Deserving Stuff is Hard

What Do I Deserve in Lent?

At my therapy session this morning, we talked about how important it was that I finally made the phone call to my doctor two weeks ago. I'm now getting physical therapy, which will hopefully help my back. (So far, nothing -- but these things take time.) I shared that making that phone call was the … Continue reading What Do I Deserve in Lent?

Backs and Burdens

So I’ve been having back issues lately. I know when it started. One day in October, I attended a conference, and walked around with my messenger bag on my shoulder all day. When the day ended, my back was not right. It wasn’t agony, but it was annoying, also familiar. I’ve wrenched my back maybe … Continue reading Backs and Burdens

Stir Me Up! (A Trip to the Headwaters)

A few days ago, I made another pilgrimage out to the coal country of Schuylkill County, the place where I was born. It was something of a sequel to the trip I made almost six years ago. That day, I visited Minersville, the old mining town where I spent the first four years of my … Continue reading Stir Me Up! (A Trip to the Headwaters)

Have you checked out Biblia Luna?

I have begun to write a newsletter on the topic of "the intersection of faith and mental illness." In this weekly online newsletter, I write a few things: A look at the Bible readings assigned for next Sunday in the Revised Common Lectionary (used by many mainline Protestant churches), from the standpoint of mental illness.Some … Continue reading Have you checked out Biblia Luna?

Walking to Emmaus

“What does life look like to you? How would you describe it?” My spiritual director asked me that question in the middle of a session. It wasn’t a non sequitur; although I can’t recall now what the context was, her question was absolutely germane to that context. It didn’t sound out of place or contrived … Continue reading Walking to Emmaus

I don’t believe people can change

People never change. Their opinions and their thoughts are what they are, and nothing can change that. When I prepare sermons, and reflect upon sermons I’ve preached, I sometimes think, People never change. What’s the point of preaching? When I read about polarizing political topics, I often think, People never change. What’s the point in … Continue reading I don’t believe people can change

First, Rest: Story of a Retreat (Part Three)

I recently went on a silent retreat at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, New York. Holy Cross Monastery is a Benedictine monastery in the Anglican Communion, and is affiliated with the Episcopal Church. A number of monks reside there, and the primary ministry of the monastery is to provide for individual and group retreats, … Continue reading First, Rest: Story of a Retreat (Part Three)

First, Rest: Story of a Retreat (Part Two)

I recently went on a silent retreat at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, New York. Holy Cross Monastery is a Benedictine monastery in the Anglican Communion, and is affiliated with the Episcopal Church. A number of monks reside there, and the primary ministry of the monastery is to provide for individual and group retreats, … Continue reading First, Rest: Story of a Retreat (Part Two)