mental health & wellness, personal, spiritual, work & vocation

Hi, My Name Is Joe

As a kid, I learned this song about a stressed-out guy named Joe. It went something like this: Hi, my name is Joe I got a wife and three kids and I work in a button factory One day my boss came to me and said, "Joe, are you busy?" I said, "no." He said,… Continue reading Hi, My Name Is Joe

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book reflections, mental health & wellness, spiritual, work & vocation

Climbing the Ladder

In some recent posts, both This Is Not a Travel Blog and Roots and Shoots, I've mentioned Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's book The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture. Truly, it's one of the most necessary, even prophetic books I've come across -- prophetic because stability is not something twenty-first century Westerners practice and necessary because stability is something twenty-first century Westerners… Continue reading Climbing the Ladder

community, spiritual

Roots and Shoots

There's a question that's plagued me for years: Why would a person leave something he knows to be good in exchange for something he hopes to be good?  We've all done it -- or had the opportunity to do it. I think of colleagues who have left good careers in, say, law or engineering to pursue… Continue reading Roots and Shoots

spiritual, theological

When Faith Goes Flat

Plenty of blogs, sermons, and songs address what to do when you're down in "the valley of the shadow of death" or up experiencing a "mountaintop moment." But what about when faith goes flat? You rejoice. It surprises me that I'm saying that. And maybe it surprises you too. Because we're familiar with rejoicing when… Continue reading When Faith Goes Flat