(Credit to Brian Zahnd for introducing me to the idea of searching for God in music) Come down from your mountainYour high-rise apartmentAnd tell me of the God you know who bleedsAnd what to tell my daughterWhen she asks so many questionsAnd I fail to fill her heaviness with peaceWell, I've got no answersFor hurt … Continue reading Finding God in the Music
"He is the one who tells us we must love our enemies and then tells his own enemies that they are vipers and stink of death underneath their whitewash and tells them that exactly because he loves them." -- Frederick Buechner "He who has seen me has seen the Father." -- John 14:9 I remember … Continue reading Do You See Me?
C.S. Lewis was right in saying that "the door of which we have been knocking on all our lives will open at last," and of course the door he refers to is the Great Door of that far off yet intimately close country, which we all long for and experience glimpses of from time to … Continue reading The Hunger for Home
"What in the world am I looking for? What is the peace that I can't find?" -- "This Beautiful Life", Colony House "...and I still haven't found what I'm looking for." -- U2 Beauty is perhaps the one thing that always brings me back to God. The beauty of a sunset. The beauty of a … Continue reading Broken Beauty
As Thoreau told us over a century and a half ago, most men live lives of quiet desperation. I will expand that and say that most men live as practical agnostics. Sure, we know our worship songs. We read our Bibles. We pray. We may even have our systematic theology right. Our spiritual lives are … Continue reading What Do You Want?
"Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things -- trees and grass and Aslan himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones. Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the … Continue reading Farewell to the Shadowlands
You were born into a battle. The tears came as quickly as the words did. I was listening to a podcast by John Eldredge, finishing up a set of squats at the gym. John was discussing the wounds we experience in life, and the offer of Jesus to father us through the pain. As I … Continue reading Courage to Engage
I used to go to the local Barnes & Noble quite often, each time being to do school work, but after about ten minutes in the Starbucks cafe I never failed to find myself thumbing through a book by Steinbeck or Hemingway. I'd go about an hour or two before work, meaning around 1 O'clock. … Continue reading The Upside Down
"Eve is drawn from Adam's side and leaves that ache that never goes away until he is with her again." -- John Eldredge I think I felt it first in Kindergarten, sometime after lunch when playing tag on the playground. It was the sudden longing for the other. I did not know why at the … Continue reading The Ache for Love
"You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain..." -- Exodus 20:7 I don't remember too much from Sunday School, but from what I do remember from those years of flannel graphs and talking vegetables is that I shouldn't kill, steal, cheat on my wife, or...cuss. Now, I know that sin … Continue reading Bearing Names