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2021-07-15: There are only two things that pierce the human heart. One is beauty. The other is affliction. …

2021-07-07: Awesome Love BY CZESLAW MILOSZ Love means to learn to look at yourself The way one looks at distant things For …

2021-07-02: Attention, taken to its highest degree, is the same thing as prayer. It presupposes faith and love. …

2021-06-24: Contemplation: Killing evil There is something in our soul that loathes true attention much more violently than flesh loathes …

2021-06-23: Bridge to The Hemispheres I first heard these bits of C.S. Lewis brought together in a talk by the poet Rev Malcolm Guite. …

2021-06-22: Funny: ow, ow [Dadid Foster] Wallace missed what [C.S.] Lewis missed in observing his pupil Betjeman: Irony is not …

2021-06-18: Moon Phase My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. Once have I sworn by …

2021-06-11: In the most recent Trinity Forum conversation with Amy and Andy Crouch, Andy offered a simple but …

2021-06-03: What is courage? Something I read recently said it was less like heroic boldness and more like the …

2021-06-02: To Stay: A poetic definition Abide means sickness and sarcoma, waves at your chin and satan’s grin won’t swallow. …

2021-05-31: Surrender and Control I stumbled on an Andy Anderson skate video on Chris Hannah’s blog. Andy lives the …

2021-05-21: Finished reading: Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide by John Cleese 📚 In this book, I found …

2021-05-18: I love the creativity and usabilty of POSSE, seeing plenty of M.b folks cross-post their Letterboxd …

2021-05-17: Currently reading: Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover 📚

2021-05-16: Bon Iver with some of The National folks…a perfect late-night anthem for my CPE …

2021-05-14: From two great poets in their own right Nick Cave and Nick Wolerstorff, here are two similar, …

2021-05-13: In a painting by Australian Aboriginal artist Shirley Purdie, the ascension of Jesus is shown not as …

2021-05-12: Can't Buy Me Love or Hospitality Today, I want the framework of my consumptive desires visible. I want to denaturalize the compulsion …

2021-05-11: A guide to a vantage point In order that a new asceticism of reading may come to flower, we must first recognize that the …

2021-05-08: CPE Residency: Eight highlights in eight months of work Learning the rhythm of “action, reflection, action.” Working on how to do cold-call ministry by …

2021-04-30: Beauty for The Sake of The Good “In a world without beauty––even if people dispense with the word and constantly have it on the tip …

2021-04-26: "Some kind of beauty..." So rescue yourself from these general themes and write about what your everyday life offers you; …

2021-04-23: Prayer: A Surge of The Heart “For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of …

2021-04-13: A book, Podcast and Grief I look forward to reading J Todd Billings’ recent book, The End of the Christian Life📚. In the …

2021-04-04: In Every Tree We sat outside at church this morning with a Live Oak blocking our view of the preacher. I kept …

2021-04-03: Holy, Harrowing Saturday Does he bear not only his future pain but the wounds, words, deeds, and things of all, for all time: …

2021-04-03: Courage, Freedom, and Humility “Moral advance carries with it intuitions of unity which are increasingly less misleading. …

2021-01-29: A Season for Everything Laity Lodge recently shared a newsletter featuring the ancient Japanese calendar of 72 seasons. Each …

2021-01-28: Literary Hub posted every presidential inauguration poem ever performed to include Amanda …

2021-01-28: With the farming of a verse... Today in 1939, William Butler Yeats dies. In Memory of W. B. Yeats W. H. Auden - 1907-1973 I He …

2020-12-23: Magnificat Rhapsody Mary’s Song A Poem by Luci Shaw Blue homespun and the bend of my breast keep warm this small hot …

2020-12-18: The Agony Philosophers have measur’d mountains, Fathom’d the depths of the seas, of states, and …

2020-12-05: Vocation Signpost This week, I started the winter term of the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) residency. That means …

2020-12-01: Wonder groans in gratitude, grows with awe, and walks hand-in-hand with imagination. Joy bouqueted as …

2020-12-01: Currently reading: Love and the Postmodern Predicament by D. C. Schindler 📚

2020-11-11: I’m entranced by this beautifully produced video on reorientation thru birding as a spiritual …

2020-11-02: Currently reading: Reviving Old Scratch by Richard Beck 📚

2020-10-28: “We must love one another or die.” —W.H. Auden Thank you for the reminder, Nick.

2020-10-18: Notes for a Personal, Integrated Library I’ve been using Goodreads for a few years now to track my reading but more to catalogue books …

2020-10-12: Currently reading: The Apostles’ Creed by Ben Myers 📚 Which is a volume from this mini-series …

2020-10-07: Do not build towers without a foundation, for our Lord does not care so much for the importance of …

2020-10-05: The Magnificent Bribe Why has our age surrendered so easily to the controllers, the manipulators, the conditioners of an …

2020-09-30: “He never lost the wonder.” This new Oliver Sacks doc looks great. I’ve watched …

2020-09-27: I recenlty considered opening a coffee shop nextdoor to Austin’s famed and beatiful …

2020-09-27: Poetry as Memory of God Blogging should sound like talking to myself. But it’s not journaling becasue, while talking …

2020-09-25: Fish, Flash, Seed: Ideas waited for, snagged, and transplanted David Lynch (via Rob Walker and Austin Kleon) uses these three metaphors for a thought: Fish: …

2020-09-15: Beowulf, bro. Robin Sloan: The classic poem Beowulf begins with the Old English word “hwæt,” which has proven …

2020-09-11: "...to desire the help of grace is the beginning of grace..." —St. Augustine, On Rebuke and Grace Ch …

2020-09-11: Treebeard in a Forest of Options Benedict, Bombadill, Gandalf, and Beck— Treebeard “supposes.” His option: …

2020-09-10: Tim Ferris interviewed Chuck Palahniuk on his podcast recently. Not long into the interview, …

2020-09-10: Writing on the subjects of diversity and inclusion for some new job stuff, I came across this …

2020-09-01: George Herbert's Pre-sermon Prayer An excerpt from George Herbert’s book A Priest to The Temple: Or The Country Parson, His …

2020-08-28: Narrow Scope Anxiety Possible Answers to Prayer BY SCOTT CAIRNS Your petitions—though they continue to bear just the one …

2020-08-26: Supreme Thanks Thank you, Jenzia Burgos, for the incredible resource of a Black Music History Library. Today, I …

2020-08-25: Every US National Park ranked.

2020-08-14: Prayer is a portal I'm headed to the beach this weekend! Whenever we touch nature we get clean. People who have got …

2020-08-14: Among. (Day 13 of the Micro.blog August Photoblogging Challenge)

2020-08-13: Feliz–belated–Cumple, HUvB!

2020-08-12: Sound. (Day 12 of the Micro.blog August Photoblogging Challenge) Tree fell.

2020-08-12: Love and Mercy Nick Cave is batting 1,000 on his last few Red Hand Files newsletters. I shared a highlight from the …

2020-08-11: Transport. (Day 11 of the Micro.blog August Photoblogging Challenge) Thanksgiving tower takes me …

2020-08-10: Windows. (Day 10 of the Micro.blog August Photoblogging Challenge) From back in Oak Cliff where my …

2020-08-10: My friend and I swapped stories of working amidst distractions at home. I told him that I wanted one …

2020-08-09: Black-and-white. (Day 9 of the Micro.blog August Photoblogging Challenge)

2020-08-09: Jazz Gratitude Here are a few of John Coltrane’s words from “A Love Supreme” liner notes: This …

2020-08-09: Currently reading: Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work To God’s Work by Timothy Keller 📚 …

2020-08-05: Wait For It My anxiety shortens my breath. The fundamental instinct of respiration thwarted by fear, worry, too …

2020-07-21: Language Caught Alive "Poetry is language caught alive" Then just call me Joe Exotic and my verse cagey tigers. Netflix …

2020-07-02: Wonder and Bread Image Source Lately, I've been obsessed with the Lone Bellow's latest album, "Half Moon Light." …

2020-06-30: The Tree of Knowledge in The Soil of Being This morning, I watched a few minutes of a Robert Wood lecture on Martin Heidegger. The lecture was …

2020-06-29: A Lesson in The Geometry of The Cross with St Augustine [Of the Cross] Its breadth lies in the transverse beam on which the hands of the Crucified are …

2020-06-22: The Question, The Facts, and The Meaning To believe in God means to understand the question about the meaning of life. To believe in God …

2020-06-18: The Miracle of God's Love When we come to a point in our lives where we are completely ashamed of …

2020-06-17: Gentrification OR Gentle-fication This sort of project ought to be done for Dallas. a book about how Oakland has been shaped by great …

2020-06-15: Dana Gioia on what first drew him to W.H. Auden’s poetry: “Its music, its intelligence, …

2020-06-11: Lament vs Dispair "No Time for Despair" There's an interesting juxtaposition between Toni Morrison's "chaos …

2020-06-09: LitMap and mindmapping tools I love maps and visualization tools because I'm not a linear thinker. Here's one for literary …

2020-06-08: The Media Shaped Memory In his recent newsletter, Michael Sacasas re-articulated Marshall McCluhan's argument that new …

2020-06-05: Days By Philip Larkin What are days for? Days are where we live. They come, they wake us Time and time …

2020-06-04: Emmaus Road Headed West Some time ago, a small detail from the Road to Emmaus story in Luke's Gospel surprised me. It …

2020-06-03: Maintain The Cause of Righteousness I say that not only they who labor for the defense of the gospel but they who in any way maintain …

2020-06-01: The Visitation by Malcolm Guite Here is a meeting made of hidden joys Of lightenings cloistered in a narrow place …

2020-05-31: An Inkling and Collected Wisdom I love reading about the lives of the Inklings—the 20th century group of Oxford eccentrics. Some …

2020-05-29: A Sad State of Affairs Concerning social memory in particular, we may note that images of the past commonly legitimate a …

2020-05-28: Meditation via Mediation: Balthasar, prayer, and The Our Father This morning a listened to a podcast discussion on the work of Hans Urs von Balthasar that sadly …

2020-05-27: One Database to Rule All The Sports OSDB Sports is a new startup that, as the the name suggests, acts as an IMDB for sports. An …

2020-05-24: Book Recommendation 📚 Challenge Sprint: 6 and 7 The Man Who Was Thursday —G.K. Chesterton The …

2020-05-24: How Humans Push and Pull The Internet Resulting in Flow and Stock “Push and Pull” are Chris Dixon’s simplifying patterns of the internet named for …

2020-05-22: Book Recommendation 📚 Challenge Sprint: Day 5 Keep Going —Austin Kleon

2020-05-22: The "Lost" Library of Paris Princeton and its Center for Digital Humanities has worked to “recreate the world of the Lost …

2020-05-21: The Spirit as... “The Thought Fox” I imagine this midnight moment’s forest: Something else is alive …

2020-05-21: Book Recommendation 📚 Challenge Sprint: Catchup Day 4 American Pastoral —Phillip Roth Till We …

2020-05-20: A Color Alphabet Bernadette Sheridan developed a synesthesia visualizer that colors words—specifically names —based …

2020-05-20: GoSLo I pity snails, and all that carry their homes on their backs. —Frodo Baggins

2020-05-19: Web Books Since moving to micro.blog for my personal website, I’ve thought about web design and …

2020-05-19: Prayer as Raid and Surrender “Learning to Think” There is the inner life of thought which is our world of final …

2020-05-18: 4 Habits on Prayer from Hughes Oliphant Old From Chelpka In Leading in Prayer: A Workbook for Ministers, Hughes Oliphant Old describes the kind …

2020-05-16: Looking at The Man in The Mirror From the James Joyce story, “The Dead.” Gabriel stood stockstill for a moment in …

2020-05-16: The Woman in The Mirror A friend from church directed me to this Washington Post article about “Aging in place.” …

2020-05-15: An Update from Chronos Inc. “Here’s How Time Works Now” A Day You may remember that a day used to take place …

2020-05-14: Sound of Sunlight From Futility Closet: Alexander Graham Bell believed that his greatest achievement was the …

2020-05-14: Fifty Reasons to Roadtrip the USofA To borrow a Christian Wiman line: Whisky is the prayer.

2020-05-12: A whole world in a "little bitty" URL itty.bitty

2020-05-12: What's in a name? Their Lonely Betters by W.H. Auden As I listened from a beach-chair in the shade To all the noises …