Merton’s Guide through Political Unrest

"The greatest need of our time," Thomas Merton said, "is to clean out the enormous mass of mental and emotional rubbish that clutters our minds and makes of all the political and social life a mass illness. Without this housecleaning we cannot begin to see." Like many, I have bought into the political rhetoric of 21st [...]

Help! Trump is Coming to Thanksgiving!

To keep you growing is to keep you vulnerable to life and love itself. -Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance Two weeks after the presidential election, the yelling and fighting continues. It's not outlandish or hyperbolic to think that this will continue for some time, long past the inauguration in January. For many, the election may cause [...]

Nomad: A Review

Vulnerability. I hope that’s an alternative title Brandan Robertson considered for his excellent first book, Nomad. Perhaps for many of you, Brandan needs no introduction. For those of you unfamiliar with his work, Brandan is the Executive Director of Nomad Partnerships and is a frequent contributor to major outlets such as Patheos, Huffington Post, & [...]

2015: The Year My Faith Became Free

2015 was one of those years that, upon quick reflection, you want to forget. On an international level, there’s been chaos. Violent extremism ravages our world. Bias and prejudice plague us. Guns continue to kill. On a personal level, there has been family hardship and difficult times. I was also let go from my teaching [...]

The King & the Maiden: Kierkegaard’s Christmas Parable

I'm largely going to leave this post to Kierkegaard's own words from his famous "The King & the Maiden" parable from his book, Philosophical Fragments. I do want to offer a few cursory thoughts as to why this parable is significant for us this Christmas season. Invoking "The King & the Maiden" is not new [...]