Category: restoration


I read a book this last semester called The Relational Way: From small group structures to holistic life connections (by M. Scott Boren) for a one week class I had in January. The author talks about how there are four spaces or distances that… Continue Reading “Relationships”

On the Road to Beautiful

Play this while you read. A lot of people warned me that seminary would be less about learning than I would expect or would maybe even want. Expect lots of reading, expect messiness, expect needy people, expect to be broken. I knew that going… Continue Reading “On the Road to Beautiful”


The troubadours wrote songs and poetry, mainly centering around the themes of love and chivalry. One theme that has always struck me was their idea that the wound a person suffers can only be healed by the one who inflicted it. Richard Wagner, a… Continue Reading “Infliction”

Setting it Down

I’ve been making my way through Season One of Joan of Arcadia on DVD, an amazing show that ran on CBS from 2003-2005. And it’s cancellation is the reason I won’t watch CBS anymore. (Unless Bright Eyes is on Letterman… I gave in for… Continue Reading “Setting it Down”


For most of my life I’ve struggled. Emotionally. I have a family who loves me and I grew up in a very happy home. I didn’t struggle that way. (And I feel a little guilty for even calling what I experience every day a… Continue Reading “Struggling”


Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” – Revelation 21:5There is this moment in The Passion of the Christ, that if I’ve held it… Continue Reading “Residue”

Types of Growth – The Lie

For temptation to exist, there must be an inner craving for what tempts you. Not everyone is tempted to hit the snooze button every morning, but you put a snooze button in front of me and I’ll hit it until the cows come home.… Continue Reading “Types of Growth – The Lie”

Types of Growth

I’m back to pondering spiritual growth, more specifically how we know it’s growth and not just becoming more intelligent about spiritual things. And I’ve discovered an interesting, yet very simple thing about this issue: my heart. Oh, my heart. I’ve had a contentious relationship… Continue Reading “Types of Growth”


Growing up is a funny thing. I remember my mom lecturing me as a teenager when I would complain “life is hard”. “Compared to what?” she’d ask. Then there was “your brother will grow out of this need to torture you” or my personal… Continue Reading “Growth”

Redemption Has Stories to Tell

Me and the trees, losing our leavesFalling like blood on the groundI want to be evergreenEverything dies, I know last nightPart of me wasn’t aroundI want to be evergreenYeah, evergreen… Waiting, and listeningHoping and missing all of our time left aloneI’m the one cutting… Continue Reading “Redemption Has Stories to Tell”