Published at patheos.com/blogs/spiritchatter on June 6, 2013 “A few summers back, Jeremy came down with a fever, so we lay low, lounging in the hammock together. As we swung lazily, in the perfection of a Seattle summer sun, Jeremy posed a question to me. ‘How come some Christians are so mean, and other people are […]
Part of the Patheos Progressive Christian website, Spiritchatter seeks to nurture a robust spirituality in black and blue saints and other ill-at-ease searchers.
Published at patheos.com/blogs/spiritchatter on May 31, 2013 In 1968 or so, when the rest of the world was reeling with revolution, someone gave me a Jesus Person Pocket Promise Book, a slender little paperback with a list of quotations. Each was a biblical promise. Every promise portended a bright future for me. Every promise promised […]
Published at patheos.com/blogs/spiritchatter on May 23, 2013 Deeply felt spirituality. Who wouldn’t want that? Reckless abandon. Religious ecstasy, even. This sensibility lies at the heart of the American religious experience. During the most famous American camp meeting, the Cane Ridge Revival of 1801, one observer looked on in amazement: To see those proud young gentlemen […]
Published at patheos.com/blogs/spiritchatter on May 14, 2013 Last night, my son and I were chatting about baseball, school, his girlfriend—father and son sort of stuff—before he headed to bed. During our conversation, I spied the remnants of an Easter basket on top of a shelf in the corner of the room by his desk. “Can […]
Published at patheos.com/blogs/spiritchatter on May 9, 2013 The moaning woke me up. A deep moaning, somewhere between anguish and pain. I lay still on my back for a few moments of unknowing, staring at the ceiling above our bed, at the shoddy patch that ran from one wall to the other above our heads, a […]