I Am Beloved

“I kept running around it in large or small circles, always looking for someone or something able to convince me of my Belovedness. Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the ‘Beloved.’ Being the Beloved expresses the core truth of our existence.” —Henri Nouwen, […]

Ask Me In 10 Years

Years ago I read a book co-authored by John Perkins and Shane Claiborne called Let Justice Roll Down. I’ll admit, after all those pages, I can only tell you one clear thing I remember from the book: an interaction Mr Perkins had with a young missional community planter who was not seeing results fast enough […]

The Practice of Noticing What Is

“Few of us ever live in the present. We are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone.” – Louis L’Amour This past season, I have been trying to practice a simple spiritual discipline: celebrating what is instead of focusing on what isn’t. In all kinds of ways, it’s been helpful. At The […]

Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Taken

A few years ago I came across an Oscar Wilde quote that has remained with me. He says, “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken. Oh, the years I spent trying to be something I wasn’t. An everything-is- just-fine-nothing-ever bothers me kid. A hard-charging professional. A perfect on […]

Showing Up and Telling the Truth

“Courage originally meant ‘to speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.’ Over time, this definition has changed, and, today, courage is more synonymous with being heroic. Heroics are important and we certainly need heroes, but I think we’ve lost touch with the idea that speaking honestly and openly about who we are, about what […]