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December 12, 2019

Yesterday, Time magazine named its person of the year: 16-year-old environmental activist, Greta Thunberg. She is the youngest person ever awarded this distinction.

I don’t know much about Greta or whether she identifies as a person of faith or believes that she is on a...

December 5, 2019

None of us chooses this uninvited companion. None of us welcomes this “friend” to cozy up alongside us as we live our lives. Yet, at one time or another, we will find this unbidden guest knocking on our door.

Adversity is the uninvited companion that names the un-planne...

November 21, 2019

We meet a lot of pastors these days; some through offering spiritual direction and others who come for retreats at Fall Creek Abbey. And truth be told, a lot of them are unhappy pastors. Not all, for sure. But many of them—not to mention their spouses.  

Why—you ask? Wh...

November 14, 2019

A few days ago, David posted this query on Facebook: “Thinking about the difference between healing and wholeness today. Would love to hear your thoughts and what the distinction might mean to you.”

Truthfully, we were quite surprised and intrigued by the number of resp...

October 24, 2019

How long has it been since you had an experience with God while reading Scripture? If you are like many who come to us for spiritual direction, it may have been a very long time. Instead of igniting a holy flame in you, your current reaction to the Bible may be better...

October 17, 2019

Book Junkie

I’m a book junkie. I admit it. I’m not sure there’s an antidote for this addiction nor are there enough bookcases in my home to hold all my stash. It’s a problem.

I haven’t always been a book junkie though. I didn’t grow up in a home that read a lot of books....

October 11, 2019

While some might associate mysticism with trendy new age crystals dangling from a rear view mirror, in reality, Christian mysticism has historical roots and a rich cast of characters like Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, Thomas a Kempis, Thomas Merton, Henri Nou...

September 19, 2019

Healing Invisible Wounds

The body is made to heal itself. But what about the soul? How do those immaterial parts of us heal from the wounds of relationship or a collision with painful life circumstances? Those immaterial wounds rarely heal on their own and are often wha...

September 12, 2019


The subject of silence is showing up everywhere in my world—on book covers and podcasts; and in blogs, science journals, and even my church e-newsletter. So, what’s all this buzz about? Why do we need silence? Better yet, why do we S...

September 6, 2019

“How are you feeling?” It’s a question we might ask someone who’s going through something hard or anticipating something new. And it’s a question I ask often in spiritual direction in various forms. Recently, I’ve asked this question of myself and others, but with a di...

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