"I am Disarmed"

I have come to deeply love the writings of Jean Vanier ….. and so when I spotted a copy of “Finding Peace” on a shelf at my friends, Mark and Karen, I asked to borrow it. Vanier shares a poem that he translated from French written by Athenagoras, the ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople from 1948…

Today is the Day of Silence…..

….. and I’m speaking up. I’m speaking up for the kids who can’t. Bullying is a real and devastating reality. I’m a mom. My children are in elementary school. My middle daughter has Tourette’s Syndrome and has to cope with her tics – which get worse with stress. She is bullied due to her tics…

What to do on the Day of Silence

If you are a student, or work with students and are wondering about practical things you can do on the Day of Silence here are a couple ideas: 1) Listen! This might seem odd advice given that many people will be silent, but at many schools there will be presentations or assemblies. Many Christians feel…

Easter Greetings

My church has been in an interesting season. We have been fast-tracking the church year. What that means in practical terms is that we were celebrating Advent during Lent and now Christmas during Easter. I know – kind of odd. But it has been quite a refreshing experience. I was surprised to discover the deep…

Some Steps in Bridge Building

Someone has anonymously commented on my last post – and given that my response to them was getting longer and longer – I decided to just make it it’s own post. This commenter asked: “How do we get to the point of seeing this issue as an area of disagreement rather than a salvation issue?”…

To Study and Pray ……Pray and Study

This past weekend I had the opportunity to teach a couple of seminars at a conference called, “The Evolving Church: Amidst the Powers”. It was a pretty intense experience with some theological heavy-weights as keynote speakers. Stanley Hauerwas’ paper on “The Power of War” is something I’m still chewing on ….. and wish I could…