July 23, 2014

Saturday Ramblings 6.8.13

With the revelation this week that the NSA (No Such Agency) is spying on Americans by looking at their internet wanderings, I’m curious what our spymasters think of Internet Monk? Are there any who moonlight as commenters? Are they researching who this Mule Chewing Briars dude is? And what do they make of the Synonymous […]

Sabbatical? Ha!

Sabbatical? Ha! or, What I learned on my summer November “vacation” First, let me say, it’s good to be back. Helpful as it is to take a breather once in awhile, I miss the conversation. Actually, I’m not sure I could have participated anyway. I’ll explain in a moment. Second, thanks to Jeff and the […]

Looking forward to “Sabbath”

If there is no Sabbath — no regular and commanded not-working, not-talking — we soon become totally absorbed in what we are doing and saying, and God’s work is either forgotten or marginalized. When we work we are most god-like, which means that it is in our work that it is easier to develop god-pretensions. […]

Good-bye to 2008

Well 2008, here we are. The dance is almost over and it’s very nearly time for you to go. We’ve been together for 12 months now, and there’s something I want to say before we go our separate ways. Something special, just for you. 2008…..I know you’re just a way of marking time, and I […]

Chronicle of the Journey

Back in the day, many of you counted on me to write about my personal journey. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, almost all of that kind of material has gone into storage or been deleted. Hopefully, this piece will recalibrate us all on the journey, but not cause quite the chaos in my environment as […]

Sabbatical Journal: The End/The Beginning

It’s 2:18 p.m. on Sunday, July 13th. The Reds are playing the Brewers. Denise and the dog are catching a nap. I’m getting ready to grill chicken tonight. Looks like it might rain. Tomorrow, my eight weeks of sabbatical are over. Tomorrow I’ll check my voice mail for the first time in eight weeks. I […]

What I Learned On My Summer Vacation Part I (Reflections on Sabbatical and What I Learned)

Technically my sabbatical isn’t over for another week, and I won’t be working for several more weeks, but I am eager to start writing some of my reflections on this time in my life. On the last day of Cornerstone, as I finished my last seminar on “Transparency and Vulnerability In Community,” a woman was […]

Sabbatical Journal: Wheaton and RZIM

I’m on the campus of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois at the Ravi Zacharias Summer Institute. Outstanding conference. I am especially enjoying the teaching of Dr. Chris Mitchell doing an overview of the entire Bible. Our sessions have all been in the massive Billy Graham Center. Part of this building is a Graham Museum, which […]

Help For People Who Know All About Me

I got a letter yesterday that asked how my chaplaincy training was going, which was a nice thing to ask, except I’m not in chaplaincy training or any other kind of training. I added this to my collection of communications telling me that I am resigning my job, joining the Roman Catholic Church and so […]

Sabbatical Journal Week 2: The Road Home and Back Again

Home is an interesting concept. I have a “home” in western Kentucky, but I feel like a stranger there. I enjoyed visiting this week, but I really am like a man from another time and place. I have a “home” in eastern Kentucky, but it’s very fragile. A few bumps in the road and difficulties, […]