“Thank You.”

November 28, 2019Blog

“Thank you,” at its root, isn’t just the acknowledgment of a goods/services exchange; it is the recognition that there is a person on the the other side of that exchange. The word “thank” shares a Latin root with the word “think.” That makes the phrase “Thank you” actually mean something more like “I think of … Read More

@ Sea Podcast #39: Michael Frost

November 7, 2019Podcast

In a recent poll of Australians, 70% of those polled claimed to mistrust religious leaders. Of course, I don’t spend a lot of time searching Australian polling data. I saw this because I pay attention to author and missiologist Michael Frost. Michael,  has spent much the past two decades tilting his ear towards those who live well beyond … Read More

@ Sea Podcast #38: Cameron Dezen Hammon

October 10, 2019Podcast

In his early letters to Jesus followers the Apostle Paul regularly and specifically warned against a religious philosophy called Gnosticism. In short, Gnosticism valued immaterial things and particular devalued the human body.  Over 2000 years later, it seems to me that disembodiment of various kinds continues to pose a threat, not just to a healthy … Read More

May It Be So

September 24, 2019Blog, Christianity, Church, Discipleship, Prayer

I spend a lot of my time and energy actively imagining what the practice of faith looks like “tomorrow.” That is to say, I started creating and helping create religious culture over 25 years ago and I’m deeply invested in what the practice of faith will look like 25 years from now.  I want to … Read More

@ Sea Podcast #37: Kirsten Powers

September 17, 2019At Sea, Podcast

The power of those who identify, translate and communicate current events is truly massive; sometimes frighteningly so.  In 1978, Science fiction writer  Philip K. Dick warned against the power of what he called “the media,” writing…  “I distrust their power. They have a lot of it. And it is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the … Read More

Dear Pastor, I Know It’s Hard

September 12, 2019News

It can be hard to recognize the difference between being useful and being used. It’s hard to love well when the missteps that often come naturally with relationships can be held against you and sometimes threaten your job.  It’s hard to be transparent and vulnerable when you know some folks will read it as weakness … Read More

To Remember Who I Am

August 31, 2019News

Just about every morning, i snap these cuffs onto my wrist. The brown one reads “Born of a broken man but not a broken man.” Lyrics Zach de la Rocha wrote about his father and the way bad religion had twisted him. I wear it as a way to remember (and by grace, transcend) the … Read More

@ Sea Podcast #36: Jamie Tworkowski

August 20, 2019Podcast

World suicide prvention day is Sept 10 this year. If you’ve been around my life or work for any stretch of time, you know that suicide, depression and related realties have played a significant role for me, in the show of my father’s suicide in may of 1998. I can trace back just about all the work I do as an artist and advocate to … Read More

@ Sea Podcast #35: Sarah Thebarge

July 24, 2019Podcast

I met Sarah Thebarge in Houston at a gathering of speakers and artists focused on advocating for children in poverty. I was immediately struck, not only by how articulate she was but by the depth and breadth of her definition of human flourishing. That depth and breadth runs through all her work and every conversation … Read More