It’s Easier to Do Than Listen

Last week I was at a gathering hosted by one of my favorite organizations in Denver—The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado. Each time I am with these folks I am humbled by the beauty of men and women across faith traditions who gather to advocate for justice and change in our city and our state. Our shared […]

Singing Without Words

The other day I heard Father Gregory Boyle speak in Denver. A Jesuit priest, he sang the song of my heart when talking about what it means to be a follower of Jesus in the trenches of real life with the marginalized and oppressed. He said, “We don’t go to the margins to rescue people. We […]

Solidarity like the Redwoods

I was born in California and I remember family road trips through the redwoods and their majestic beauty, running through the forest and hugging their huge trunks. Redwoods are tall, strong, resilient, and live for thousands of years. But what we might not know is that their roots are relatively shallow, which doesn’t quite make […]

But the Cross Hurts

“Take up your cross and follow me.”  —Luke 9:23  Easter is coming. All around the world followers of Jesus will be celebrating his resurrection and the good news of the gospel. Easter dresses. Easter Sunday sermons. Easter baskets for the kids. Easter crosses. Easter hope.  I personally love Easter. I love the story of life […]

Doing Hard Things Scared

Fear. Damn it, I hate fear. I wish I didn’t know it so well. I wish its tentacles didn’t wrap around my heart and my soul so deeply, sometimes sapping my courage like some kind of cruel sport. Fear kills. Fear destroys. Fear paralyzes. Fear maims. But I’m learning something important right now about fear, […]