October 17, 2017

Ryan McLaughlin: A Luminous Darkness

A Luminous Darkness By Ryan McLaughlin At long last, I had found my way out of the wilderness! Or so I thought, at least. My wife and I became Roman Catholic on a beautiful spring evening in the heart of Boston. As Holy Saturday became Easter Sunday, the bells rang out and the lights came […]

Scenes from the Desert

Here is a gallery of scenes from the desert for you to enjoy. The pictures were taken in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve and the McDowell Mountain Sonoran Preserve in Arizona. Seeing the images is obviously not the same as being there, but perhaps they will provide the opportunity for you to take a wilderness journey of your […]

Report from the desert (2): The golden hour

Photographers and cinematographers love “the golden hour” (sometimes called “the magic hour”). This describes the time of light right after sunrise and right before sunset. During these periods, the sun’s light is more diffuse and softer, bathing the world in a pleasing reddish-golden hue. I took the picture above yesterday at McDowell Mountain Sonoran Desert […]

Report from the desert (1)

I’ve been here in the desert for a couple of days now. The temperature only strays below 100 degrees after the sun goes down, and soon makes its way back up there by around noon the next day. I don’t seem to be bothered much by it; in fact, I rather enjoy it, though I’ve […]

Into the Wilderness…

I left a good church last month. It was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. Why do I call it good? It was full of people whose hearts were in the right place. The leadership was comprised of quality individuals. It was a church that wasn’t satisfied with the status […]

Death Letter, part four: Hope and Healing

We live in a Good Friday world, but we are an Easter People. • • • This is our final installment of reflections on David W. Peters’ memoir, Death Letter: God, Sex, and War. Peters served as a battalion chaplain in Fort Hood, Texas from 2004-2007, which included a deployment to Iraq in 2006. After Iraq he also […]

Tokah’s Journey, part 2: Grant Me to See My Own Transgressions

Note from CM: Thanks to Tokah for this fine follow-up to her post in December. If you didn’t get to read it then, or would like to review her story, you can read part one HERE. • • • Grant Me to See My Own Transgressions by Tokah Last month, I had the privilege of […]

Death Letter, part three: A caged animal in an invisible cage

We continue our reflections on David W. Peters’ memoir of his experiences as a military and hospital chaplain called, Death Letter: God, Sex, and War. Peters served as a battalion chaplain in Fort Hood, Texas from 2004-2007, which included a deployment to Iraq in 2006. After Iraq he also served as a chaplain clinician in the amputee, […]

Death Letter, part one

Sometime, somewhere in Iraq, I died. . . . For my brothers and sisters I will record the events that led to my death and the death of the God who was on our side in love and war. • David W. Peters • • • As a hospice chaplain, my work is done mostly in […]

You can take the boy out of evangelicalism . . .

You can take the boy out of evangelicalism, but you can’t take the evangelical out of the boy. I’m coming to terms these days with the fact that I’m a spiritual mongrel, and one of the strong components of my spiritual makeup is my evangelical heritage (in the modern sense of the word — the […]