Default: Happy

There are two basic states of being: default happy and default unhappy. This is the insight that leaped out at me me almost as soon as I started reading Chade-Meng Tan last week. Some people are happy all the time, except when something bad happens to them. Other people are unhappy always, unless something good…

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My World As Lent Begins

Causing me pain today: My shoulders and back. After twenty years, I am accustomed to joint/muscle/back issues and I know a lot of stretches and most of the release points for the usual suspects, but this one is different, causing an aching pain that radiates down my left tricep (triceps?). Thank God, my massage therapist…

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Extreme Prayer With the Basi Brood

In grade school, I had a principal who had once been a sister—at least, so I was told. The main thing I remember about her is how particular she was about how we recited prayers as a school. I remember one day we all sat down in the church, and the teachers handed out cards…

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I Need A Date Night With God

It’s been hard to blog lately. Hard to motivate myself. Hard to feel inspired. I feel like I’ve said it all before. And I wonder if I’m not being true to my identity. In the past nine months I’ve been really focusing on fiction, and I’ve gradually been focusing less on matters of faith and…

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God Is Not A Trained Monkey (or: recognizing the voice of God)

Two vignettes: One: A priest I know once talked about throwing open the Bible and taking whatever your eye (or finger) lands on first as a sign from God. He called it Bible abuse. A provocative statement, given that probably every one of us has done that at some point. Two: Long ago I read…

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Where I Spent Last Week, And What I Learned From It

I spent last week at a conference for church musicians. I want to blog about it this morning, but so far I have spent ten minutes sitting in front of the computer grasping for what to say. Well, that’s not entirely accurate. I can think of lots of things to say, but I can’t find…

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