John 14:5, midrash

John 14:5, midrash Note: “Midrash” is a rabbinic biblical interpretation exercise, which often reads scripture with scripture, investigating how words are used in similar and dissimilar ways in other passages. The term, midrash, comes from the root of the Hebrew word for “seeking.” As such, I am seeking connection and meaning from a text and […]

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Isaiah 11:6, midrash

Isaiah 11:6, midrash Note: “Midrash” is a rabbinic biblical interpretation exercise, which often reads scripture with scripture, investigating how words are used in similar and dissimilar ways in other passages. The term, midrash, comes from the root of the Hebrew word for “seeking.” As such, I am seeking connection and meaning from a text and […]

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Psalm 46, midrash

Psalm 46, midrash Note: “Midrash” is a rabbinic biblical interpretation exercise, which often reads scripture with scripture, investigating how words are used in similar and dissimilar ways in other passages. The term, midrash, comes from the root of the Hebrew word for “seeking.” As such, I am seeking connection and meaning from a text and […]

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A reordering

The crash of the Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine brings to mind memories of 9-11. I was a junior in college and had just come out of a history class, completely unaware that today would alter the course of history. In the hallway, my friend, Russel, came up to me all excited, his words colliding […]

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More than a feeling

The legendary Maya Angelou, who died just last week once claimed, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” I think such feeling is the most important thing to communicate. Last Sunday, Sam’s first cousin, once removed, was baptized in Greensboro, North […]

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Writers on Writing

A few helpful insights on the process of writing that I carry with me. Hope you enjoy! Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one’s luck. Iris Murdoch The less conscious one is of being “a writer,” the better the writing. Pico Iyer Writing is a combination […]

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Upcoming Book Reading!

Friends! I’ll  be reading from both Take My Hand and Parables of Parenthood at the Draper Mercantile on Saturday, June 14th, beginning at 11 am. I also plan to read a little from my newest writing project, which I hope to publish next year. So, come on out! I’ll sign books like Wendell Berry.   Seriously, I’d appreciate your […]

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Six, of course

If you’ve never wept and want to, have a child. ~ David Foster Wallace Here’s six things we know: 1) Over a year in the works 2) plans after plans so carefully made 3) eleven truly awesome and inspiring college students 4) incredible co-leaders 5) this amazing intinerary cross-cutting the wondrous and diverse country of Guatemala […]

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Fluff

A friend of mine recently lamented that many mainline churches are theologically “fluffy.” I assumed she meant that our heads are in the clouds. This reminded me of the other morning, just before I left to go and think big thoughts in my office, my son toddled over to me and held out his arms. […]

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Believing Words

In Blue Like Jazz, Donald Miller writes that he never liked jazz music—that is, until he once watched a man on a street corner playing a saxophone. The man was so engrossed in the music that he never even opened his eyes; but Miller had his eyes opened to the beauty of jazz. He concludes, […]

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