Let Go and Let Love

For as long as I can remember, I've measured success by numbers. My score on a test, rank in a class or on a performance report, weight on the scale, speed for a run, number of students in my class, the number of "likes" on a post, the bottles of wine we own, and so … Continue reading Let Go and Let Love

The Politics of Christianity

As fear of COVID-19 and the divisiveness of a presidential election sweep across America, I'm reminded how very political Jesus was in pretty UN-American ways.  At a minimum, I believe the Christ invites people of any, or no, religion to a new, incredible way of being human.  One marked by togetherness, interdependence, caring for all, … Continue reading The Politics of Christianity

What I’m Doing with a Hurtful Email

Has anyone ever said or written something to/about you that made you feel like your heart had been literally stabbed?  I got an email like that the other day.  Ouch!  I've come to realize the thing that tears me apart the most is when someone inaccurately thinks or speaks poorly of my character, nature, intentions, … Continue reading What I’m Doing with a Hurtful Email

How “This” is Heaven and “That” is Suffering

I wonder if you can relate to this: In my mid teens I couldn’t wait to be able to drive.  In high school I longed for college.  At university I was anxious to graduate, move out of my parents’ house, and get a "real" job.  As a single man I couldn’t wait to get married.  … Continue reading How “This” is Heaven and “That” is Suffering

The Flow of Prayer

One of the big blessings of growing up as an Army brat, was I got to live in Germany.    From the git go, this helped me realize the beauty of otherness and value of different perspectives.  So, when a friend said something about praying as a command/statement instead of a plea or request, because that's … Continue reading The Flow of Prayer

Get Your Shine On!

Cheers! Do you have any "silly" or interesting rituals, like when kids try to avoid stepping on sidewalk cracks?  When it comes to my Seahawks fandom, I'm pretty ridiculous because I "know" my actions throughout the week impact the game.  I'll hold yoga poses for 12 counts, dry my hair to multiples of 12, schedule … Continue reading Get Your Shine On!

Cultivating Heavenly Thoughts to Experience Heavenly Realities

Cheers! Even though the Seahawks literally lost to the 49ers in a heartbreaking manner, as we left the game, I told Lisa I felt like we won.  In the purity of that moment, I believe my heart was speaking from a bigger and more True place.  And, while it's my jam, I'm not talking about … Continue reading Cultivating Heavenly Thoughts to Experience Heavenly Realities

The Gospel of Mary

Cheers! Why has Mary, Jesus' mom, fascinated so many people for so long?  Why do some of our notions about her border on mythological and magical?  Similarly, when it comes to Mary Magdalene, why do Dan Brown (and others) speculate she was married to Jesus?  There's something about "Mary", and it seems to me they provide … Continue reading The Gospel of Mary

Your Body is a Beautiful Place Where Heaven Meets Earth

Cheers to you! For years, I would NEVER go out in public unless I was showered and put together.  I bought into the story that beauty is 100% appearance based.  Yet, practicing yoga (especially hot yoga), while more thoroughly absorbing the teachings of Christ, is helping me realize ALL bodies are beautiful because each of us … Continue reading Your Body is a Beautiful Place Where Heaven Meets Earth

Kindness is Happiness

Cheers to you! Worn out from working 12 days in a row, feeling the weight of all the things to do and the financial stress of the holidays, and momentarily stuck in "I'm an army of one and have to do ALL the things" thinking, I had a bit of a meltdown the other night. … Continue reading Kindness is Happiness