Whispering Along a Thin Trembling Thread

"What if we writers are able to tell stories of hurt and joy only because something in us is dulled enough to look them full in the face? What a mission we might have then, to introduce the truth of brokenness and redemption to our brothers and sisters terrified to hear it. We’d have to… Continue reading Whispering Along a Thin Trembling Thread


Like the allied prisoners

"In a German prison camp in World War II, unbeknownst to the guards, the Americans built a makeshift radio. One day news came that the German high command had surrendered, ending the war—a fact that, because of a communications breakdown, the German guards did not yet know. As word spread, a loud celebration broke out.… Continue reading Like the allied prisoners

Book reviews, Uncategorized

Between Heaven and Mirth review for RELEVANT

I mentioned Between Heaven and Mirth, Father James Martin's insightful book on "holy humor," in my recent reflection on Easter joy. Over at RELEVANT Magazine today I gave this book a full revew. Here's an excerpt: [W]hat so puzzles and saddens [Martin] is that those who claim to be in relationship with a loving, joy-giving… Continue reading Between Heaven and Mirth review for RELEVANT



"Remember He is the artist and you are only the picture. You can't see it. So quietly submit to be painted—i.e., keep fulfilling all the obvious duties of your station (you really know quite well enough what they are!), asking forgiveness for each failure and then leaving it alone. You are in the right way.… Continue reading Remember


Easter Joy and Holy Joking

Lenten worship calls us to carry, ponder and release heavy emotions. We sing sombre hymns of ashes, thorns, tears and blood. We wave palm branches in triumphant welcome. But soon after our hosannas comes the heaviest day of all – that Friday when we dwell on Christ’s pain and what it purchased … when we… Continue reading Easter Joy and Holy Joking


Ash Wednesday

Come on fill the house finally and weep for its king and queen sleep both now in the arms of Ash Wednesday Ash Wednesdays of recent years have always brought to mind singer-songwriter Elvis Perkins 2007 debut album of the same name. This is a folk album by Perkins' own losses--his father (actor Anthony Perkins)… Continue reading Ash Wednesday


On being an introvert and a writer

Author Adam McHugh kindly invited me to contribute a guest post to his website today. My post, a reflection on being an introvert and a writer, is part of Adam's "Introvert Saturday" series, which features posts by introverts from all areas of life. I encourage you to check out the posts from the rest of the… Continue reading On being an introvert and a writer