in our poverty

Emptiness and Equality

You and I will never see one another as equals until we are both made empty. A more direct and personal way to say this is that I will never see you as my equal until I empty myself of all the distinctions that I claim...

To Change the World

I feel badly for not having kept up with this blog. This past year has got to be one of my most disorganized, and I can’t believe how quickly this summer is passing. Some days, I can’t even distinguish whether I’m getting important things done or...

What’s in Your Garage?

Here’s a quick one… I was reading on the internet that GM may be coming out with a Z28 in 2011. Cool. I had a 1968 Camaro when I was a kid, so I’m thinking it would be a kick to go and test drive a...

Down by the Tracks

I live down by the tracks. I’ve never counted how many freight trains each day make their rumbling, rattling way past out neighborhood. It doesn’t take long to get so accustomed to the sound that you don’t notice it any longer; even the deep wail of...

Mr. X

I admit this is a bit thrown together, but I just have to comment on something because it has been bothering me for quite a while now. It’s Mr. X. He’s one of the folks who can make me very sad over the state of Christianity...

Closet of Belief – Part I

Remember reading this post of mine concerning transparency? Well, it’s not like I’ve forgotten about it. It’s a constant struggle with me, one that seems to ebb and flow as the months and years go by… One of the reasons I haven’t posted much to speak...

When You Ride the Train too Long

Man, have I been busy lately. Well. For a while. And now I find myself still with not a lot of time, feeling like I need to post, wanting to post a catch-all, this is what I’ve been thinking post, and not having enough time to...

Bring the Rain

It’s a military term, sometimes associated with the Iraqi forces in the First Gulf War, and their alleged reference to the coalition forces’ Multiple Launch Rocket System as bringing “metal rain,” and most often in reference to the AC130 gunship. If you’re a pop culture fan,...

Happy 2010

I’ve decided this year to post my annual holiday letter that gets sent out to family and friends. This version is sanitized to remove the names of my wife and kids, per my usual attempt to retain their privacy. Hope you enjoy. My best wishes to...