On disappointment, coronavirus, & the third Sunday of Easter

Yesterday's lectionary gospel text, assigned for the third Sunday of Easter, has long been a favorite of mine. Ever since 2012 or so when I came across this blog post by Andrew Byers, author of Faith Without Illusions: Following Jesus as a Cynic-Saint, which draws attention to this phrase: "We had hoped." "We had hoped… Continue reading On disappointment, coronavirus, & the third Sunday of Easter


Best of 2019

Top Things I'm Glad I Read: Shameless by Nadia Bolz-Weber Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb Love Wins by Rob Bell When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi My Bright Abyss by Christian Wiman The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race edited by Jesmyn Ward Miracles and Other Reasonable… Continue reading Best of 2019


Beauty Will Save the World

It's possible that I already have a blog with this same title, some years back when I was more actively artistic. It's a line from Fyodor Dostoevsky that has captivated me for years. Back in college when I studied English with a creative writing concentration or after college when I worked with Art House Dallas,… Continue reading Beauty Will Save the World

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Pentecost on the Psych Ward

A couple weeks ago, I started working as a chaplain intern in a psychiatric hospital. My Sundays suddenly look like worship in a hospital cafeteria, where 50-60 patients shuffle in and together form a shifting blend of prayers, songs, tears, laughs, and shouts, slightly different from moment to moment and week to week. There's an… Continue reading Pentecost on the Psych Ward