Hermeneutics, LGBTQ Youth, and the Pursuit of Love

April 29, 2021At Sea, Christianity, Church, Creativity, Deconstruction, Discipleship, Doubt, It Is What You Make of It, Leadership, Podcast, Reconciliation, Reflections

I remember being in a conversation, I think it was my Junior year of college, in which I was fully introduced to the term “hermeneutics.” I’d been familiar with “interpretation” before but the idea that there was a field of study based on the interpretive potters of readers was fascinating to me. It actually gave … Read More

@ Sea #57 – Deconstruction and Fundamentalism

March 4, 2021At Sea, Christianity, Church, Community, Creativity, Deconstruction, Doubt, It Is What You Make of It, Leadership, Podcast, Reconciliation

I just got off the phone with a long-time friend who is now a coaching client.  It’s the call I needed in order to finish this script.  This beloved friend began the conversation with the nearly universal phrase: “I feel like I’m always in the middle.” And I get that.  Even though I disagree a … Read More

News, Truth And Interpretation

August 30, 2016Leadership, News, Reflections

Sure, CNN, MSNBC and FOX have their agendas. But to simply say “I don’t believe a word of it” is just lazy. Every bit of information I’ll ever receive is coming at me from an angle. This is why Nietzsche wrote “there is no truth, only interpretation.” I think that’s largely true (see what I did … Read More

The Pulse Shooting: I Am Implicated

June 15, 2016Christianity, Church, Leadership, Reconciliation

It’s about guns. It’s about militant Islam. It’s about mental health. I think I find it conveniently comforting to pin violence and tragedy on one issue or another because it means I am not implicated. If it’s about guns, I don’t own one and can blame gun-owners or politicians. If it’s about militant Islam, I’m … Read More

Springsteen, HB2 and the Power of Art

April 14, 2016Good Music, Leadership, Politics

Bruce Springsteen was scheduled to play a show in Greensboro, NC this past weekend. In light of the passing of HB2, a law he feels (as many do) “attacks the rights of LGBT citizens,” The Boss canceled his only North Carolina date this year. Of that decision he writes, “It is the strongest means I have for … Read More

Leadership, Culture-Making and Donald Trump

March 15, 2016Leadership, Politics

The attempt to distance Donald Trump from the violence and anger that has become characteristic of his rallies suggests a significant gap in our understanding and expectation of leadership. Yes, I am responsible for my actions as an adult individual. But I am also thankful for the leaders in my life, current and past, who have … Read More