Henri Nouwen was at the pinnacle of his career. Having taught at Notre Dame and Yale, he was now a Professor at Harvard. His books were bestsellers around the world. He was famous and in demand.1 The success in academia was substantial, teaching at the best universities, with the best contracts. Henri was able to … Continue reading Who do you work for?
There is something lacking even in a perfect relationship with God. The progression of Eden’s words were: “good,” “very good,” “NOT Good.” The Genesis poem says: The LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone,” so He made family. Life is not complete until there is divine love between you … Continue reading Love Thy Family
I know what it's like to have someone love you more than anything else in the world...know what it's like to have that lift you, give you value, hide in it... And then my mom left this world. There is something about love that proves our immortality. The longing to be with another again...it must … Continue reading Can love prove eternity?
When I finally returned to the church, I was disheartened by what I saw. Eugene Peterson made this observation: “The vocation of pastor has been replaced by the strategies of religious entrepreneurs with business plans.” 12 The purposes of God’s church ought to be the love of all. “It must hold God and man in … Continue reading Does a church love itself, or others?
Love is personal. Love does not place people into categories; rather, it sees each person as the unique being they are. Five years ago, I met the wife of a detained immigrant man. She reached out to me for help: transportation to work and an immigration lawyer. I called a local church who enthusiastically promoted … Continue reading Human dignity frees us to experience infinite joy
On each visit, I check in with the front officer. After he verifies my ID, I ask for permission to embrace my father. Often my dad chokes up when we hug. His voice breaks when he says, “Son, I love you. I’m happy you came to visit me.” Tears always appear as I listen to … Continue reading My Dad’s One Question from Prison
Today's video post is about a modern day encounter with the truth: "The last shall be first, and the first shall be last." This reality is not something yet to come. It is here, now. C.S. Lewis once wrote, “It is a serious thing to remember that the person you talk to may one day … Continue reading The Great Reversal
How much space is within the soul? Is each soul a different size? Does the soul expand or contract? If it were a circle, how far would its radius be? What’s inside the soul? How did it get there? Can something leave the soul and then come back? Is there something that never leaves its … Continue reading Finding hope in an unlikely place
My wife and I married young and spent our first year in an apartment. We worked, saved, and, along with a gracious gift from my in-laws, had just enough money to purchase a small fixer-upper. We got a great deal, remodeled, and in few years, sold it for a fifty percent profit. Using all the … Continue reading Longing for Home
This video is from an on-stage interview at 4thFridays. The discussion is about what ripped happiness out of me and how I found it once again. It's taken from the book: Opening Happiness.