Perceiving Some, But Not All

I don’t often consider what the ordinary world looks like to those with colorblindness. I take for granted the brilliant array of colors that pass through my retinas on a daily basis. The blue, pink, orange sticky notes on my desk. The green and yellow leaves hanging from the trees out the window. My seeing

Life, Meaning, and Melancholy

While camping with my daughter this week, we spent some of our time at a simple lakeside beach at one of Michigan’s recreation areas. The sandy swimming area was at the bottom of a beautiful green hillside. The hillside was dotted with large leafy trees that provided shady picnic areas to relax in. The lake

A Slow Canoe + Free Downloads

I want to do a better job at thinking my thoughts. Can you relate? Sometimes it feels like modern society pushes us across the surface of life’s water like one of those tremendously powerful speed boats. These boats can move from point A to point B with an incredible speed; but they often crash, produce a cacophonous roar, and

What Is Spiritual Direction?

Many people have asked me what spiritual direction is, or what the difference is between a spiritual director and a pastor, minister, counselor, etc. So I thought it might be worth while to write a post specifically addressing some of these questions. It is a bit long, but I hope it is thorough! ————————————– What is

The Cracks That Let the Light In

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” This great line from a Leonard Cohen song speaks to the tension between brokenness and redemption. We mourn the cracks and areas of woundedness in our lives, but it is often through those very cracks that light is able to penetrate into areas

On the Complexity of Sin and Human Action

You might be familiar with the classic scene from Winnie the Pooh where Pooh gets stuck halfway through the window in Rabbit’s house. It occurred to me recently that this is a great depiction of how many of us find ourselves in the world. From the exterior of Rabbit’s house, Pooh appears fine for the

A Life of Cultivation

I originally wrote this piece for The Abby of the Arts website as part of their “Monk in the World” series.   A certain form of existential paralysis has shadowed my inner life in the past. I’ve had so many questions, dreams, longings, and have been exposed to a range of paradigm-shifting experiences in a relatively short