The Slow Telling of a Story 5: The Further Slowdown

I told you a few days ago about the rewriting process that led to a major overhaul of my book, Darkwater. (You can find that post here. Also, get caught up on Slow Telling of a Story 1, 2, and 3.) I did that rewriting, a huge burst of writing energy, right at the beginning … Continue reading The Slow Telling of a Story 5: The Further Slowdown

God loves us. Why have we forgotten?

The very first creed of the Christian church was two words: Kyrios Iesous. Or, in English, "Jesus is Lord." That was it. At first, there was no Apostles Creed, no virgin birth, no Council of Nicaea, no Holy Trinity, no theories of the redemption. Just two words. Kyrios Iesous. It was a political statement. The … Continue reading God loves us. Why have we forgotten?

The Slow Telling of a Story 4: Rewriting a Life

So, a long, long time ago, back in the era we call B.C. ("before Coronavirus"), I was telling you a story. It was the story of the publication of my book, Darkwater. The story of how a manuscript becomes a real boy. I called this series of posts "The Slow Telling of a Story" because … Continue reading The Slow Telling of a Story 4: Rewriting a Life

One of My Biggest Triggers

So, I've recently discerned one of the things that continually upsets me in daily life, that causes me both anxiety and depression. It's a major trigger for me, and that's a shame, because it's almost unavoidable in everyday life. The really interesting thing about this trigger, for me, is that I have finally found something … Continue reading One of My Biggest Triggers

Labyrinth #38: Villa Pauline Retreat and Spiritual Center, Mendham, New Jersey

I enjoy walking labyrinths. Labyrinths are maze-like structures that have been used as spiritual tools for centuries. There are many of them around, and I am in the habit of trying to visit a lot of them. For more information about labyrinths, check out The Labyrinth Society. Find where labyrinths are in your area at the … Continue reading Labyrinth #38: Villa Pauline Retreat and Spiritual Center, Mendham, New Jersey

Labyrinth #37: Unity of Sussex County, New Jersey

I enjoy walking labyrinths. Labyrinths are maze-like structures that have been used as spiritual tools for centuries. There are many of them around, and I am in the habit of trying to visit a lot of them. For more information about labyrinths, check out The Labyrinth Society. Find where labyrinths are in your area at the … Continue reading Labyrinth #37: Unity of Sussex County, New Jersey

Labyrinth #36: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Sparta, New Jersey

I enjoy walking labyrinths. Labyrinths are maze-like structures that have been used as spiritual tools for centuries. There are many of them around, and I am in the habit of trying to visit a lot of them. For more information about labyrinths, check out The Labyrinth Society. Find where labyrinths are in your area at the … Continue reading Labyrinth #36: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Sparta, New Jersey

Sometimes Despair

Sometimes I find out just how angry people are. Sometimes I make the mistake of reading the comments. Facebook posts these days are so frequently about wearing masks, or about churches being open, or about opening businesses, or about keeping them closed. Even reading just those posts can sometimes remind me of the anger, but … Continue reading Sometimes Despair

The Gruberman (Film)

After an unconscionably long hiatus, Pinewood Men return with a new film for 2020. The conceit of this video, if you're wondering, is that the two actors each wrote half a conversation, and recorded themselves speaking it, each knowing nothing about what the other would be saying. It was left to me to piece together … Continue reading The Gruberman (Film)

The Raising of a Trauma (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fifth Sunday in Lent. You can view this sermon, along with the whole service, if you like, at Prince of Peace Ev. Lutheran Church's website. The gospel reading was John 11:1-45. "Lazarus, come out!" Don’t you wish that someone would call your … Continue reading The Raising of a Trauma (Sermon)