Busy, fast and distracted

Ordinary Life / Pluralistic World / Work and Rest

Last month I sat in a coffee shop in Portsmouth, NH —if you are ever in that lovely coastal city do have coffee at…

Expertise vrs. Wisdom

Discernment / Faith / Ordinary Life

Knowledge isn’t enough I’ve noticed recently that I hear a lot about expertise and being knowledgeable or informed, but I rarely hear anyone talk…

Fifty Years of Ordinary

Family / Maturity and Flourishing / Ordinary Life

While we were away in October for our vacation, I expected to review the milestones of Fifty Years of Marriage. Isn’t that what people…

Faithfulness, Not Results

Maturity and Flourishing / Ordinary Life

“We are called to a selfless stewardship of all callings, cultures, and creation in a manner that is creative, life affirming, and God honoring,”…

Somewhere Near the End

Faith / Family / Ordinary Life / Spirituality

Earlier this summer we had this rather rash idea of taking Denis’ mother to Cinco de Mayo in West St. Paul. We knew she’d…

Stewardship in the Quotidian: The Kingdom in the Bathroom

Community / Discernment / Spirituality

The ethical dilemma of my Monday morning: what should I do about a nasty toilet seat? My local coffee shop only has one bathroom,…

High Five for the work you do

Ordinary Life / Work and Rest

  Yesterday two young men showed up to wash our second story windows. They accomplished in an hour what would have taken me all…

Keeping Vigil in the Storm

Ordinary Life

A few days after Easter It is very windy today. I can hear it whooshing past the house. The sky is bright with sunshine…

Christian Faithfulness and Gender Dysphoria

Discernment / Faith / Ordinary Life / Pluralistic World

Navigating Pastoral Care for People Living with Gender Identity Conflict (note: the names in this article have been changed) Oh, the things they don’t…