Scripture, spiritual, theological

Jesus, Tired Out

If you're a lectionary user, you know this morning's gospel lesson (about Jesus and the woman at the well) was a particularly long, rich passage. There's much that could be said about this story as it unfolds -- but my spirit barely made it past the second verse. "Jesus came to a Samaritan city called… Continue reading Jesus, Tired Out

mental health & wellness, Scripture, spiritual, theological

Finding Freedom From Shame

This was originally posted on the blog of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. A therapist once pointedly suggested that I was experiencing shame. I promptly suggested she was wrong. Shame is for people who’ve done egregiously terrible things, I thought (which is kind of all of us, I now realize, “for all have sinned and fall short… Continue reading Finding Freedom From Shame

cultural issues, spiritual

Jesus, Take The Wheel (Of My Prayer Life)

Some people take prayer walks. I've been one of those people. But lately, I guess I take prayer drives. Day-to-day drives past joggers, bikers (of the Harley Davidson variety and the Lance Armstrong variety), construction workers, and panhandlers. Or longer road-trip drives like I took this weekend through the hills of rural Virginia. Inevitably, I… Continue reading Jesus, Take The Wheel (Of My Prayer Life)

church, personal, Scripture, spiritual

In a Foreign Land

"How shall we sing the LORD's song in a foreign land?" - Psalm 137:4 I recently moved to the foreign land of North Carolina. To be sure, I am no Israelite in exile, for I chose to move here of my own free will, accompanied by all the familiar belongings that would fit in my… Continue reading In a Foreign Land

church, ministry, spiritual

On Orientation

orientation noun ori - en - ta - tion \ ȯr-ē-ən-ˈtā-shən : a person's feelings, interests, and beliefs : a main interest, quality, or goal : the process of giving people training and information about a new job, situation, etc. I have a very intelligent friend who has done research in medical anthropology, with a focus on… Continue reading On Orientation