Based on a true story…

Sometimes the only way to make sense out of life is to write a story.

A story based on a true story isn’t entirely true, but it isn’t entirely false, either. It’s important to be able to discern the difference.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ

The Gospel of Jesus Christ

What is the Gospel of Jesus Christ? What do the Greeks have to do with it? Who are the righteous people? Let's sort it out so you'll understand the Gospel, how simple it is and what it means for your life. ...
Human Tales: Lucy’s Mysterious Commitment Concession

Human Tales: Lucy’s Mysterious Commitment Concession

Human Tales are about us; right here, right now. This conversation is between two people; a young woman about to move in with her boyfriend and an older friend to whom she is revealing the news. ...
The War Isn’t Over

The War Isn’t Over

The attack on the Capitol was wrong. I understand the anger and loss of control. I've been feeling it myself. But what happened yesterday played right into the hands of those trying to destroy this country. ...
The Battle is Won

The Battle is Won

Jesus didn't fight Satan for the title of Ruler of the World. There was never a fight. Jesus was always going to win. The fight wasn't between Jesus and Satan. It was between God and death. ...
Digitally Discontent: Am I Saving Too Much Digital Content?

Digitally Discontent: Am I Saving Too Much Digital Content?

Is it possible to be discontent and not know it? What if discontentment disguised itself and we unwittingly called it something else? Like a Pinterest feed… I want a bigger house, faster car, and a higher paying job; that’s what it means to be discontent, right? Right? The Apostle Paul wrote about what it means to content. Not that I … ...
The Turning Point

The Turning Point

The Liturgy as Narrative Part VIII Act II Scene V The Lord’s Prayer “My whole life flashed before my eyes…” You’ve probably had one of those moments when something happened so suddenly and so out of your control, when you talk about it you say, “My whole life flashed before my eyes.” It’s such a great ironic phrase because we … ...
The Sacrament and The Dark Night of the Soul

The Sacrament and The Dark Night of the Soul

The Dark Night of the Soul is the part of the story where the hero believes all is lost. Every attempt to succeed thwarted and every resource spent. There is no turning back because even the path back to safety is blocked. It's all over for the hero and by extension, us. ...
The Offering: Plot Twist

The Offering: Plot Twist

In the narrative structure we have reached the midpoint of the story. The plot twist happens here; the point where the hero's goal changes so dramatically it can feel like an altogether new story. ...
Prayer in Conflict

Prayer in Conflict

The Prayers of the Church come after the readings, the sermon and the creeds. We've been through the training, but we're still in our bubble. The Prayers of the Church are about to burst that bubble. ...
The Mentor and the Manifesto

The Mentor and the Manifesto

A mentor does many things, but there is one part distinct to mentors; relating experience. Teachers train us in a given discipline. Parents guide us in ethics and morality. A mentor is a guide on the path we've chosen. ...
The Liturgical Call to Adventure

The Liturgical Call to Adventure

It takes time, but we understand that stagnation is death, and change is life. If change is life, it makes sense that Heaven itself isn't about stasis, but change. ...
Lord, have mercy on this journey

Lord, have mercy on this journey

The Liturgy as Narrative Part II The Service of the Word Previously, I walked through the very beginning of the Liturgy as microcosm of story telling, but if I take another look, it’s really only the Prologue. In the Confession and Absolution, the first part of the Liturgy, we confess our sin, and Christ, through His Word, forgives us once … ...
What is your favorite way to spend a lazy day?

What is your favorite way to spend a lazy day?

Let’s face it, lazy is lazy. If I had a favorite way to spend a lazy day, it would require effort to be that specifically lazy. Effort isn’t lazy. As soon as you realize you’re having a lazy day and you decide to have your favorite kind of lazy day you have to start making an effort. So much for … ...
The Liturgy as Literature

The Liturgy as Literature

I’ve been studying storytelling. Not just the typical three-act structure, but also the plot points, pinch points, climactic moment, the dark night of the soul and temporary triumph. Good stories hit all the major points. It keeps you engaged and leaves you with a sense of fulfillment, or challenge. Recently, sitting in church, I thought of the liturgy as a … ...
The Last Adventure

The Last Adventure

Once upon a time this lighthouse existed as a guide to keep sailors from wrecking their ships on the Lake Michigan coast. In the wake of the United States Civil War the Great Lakes became an important waterway of the Mid-West. Boat traffic increased to accommodate the growing lumber industry. All throughout the Great Lakes and along the St. Lawrence … ...
Where is Ashland, West Virginia

Where is Ashland, West Virginia

A picture is worth a thousand words, but only if you know the story behind the picture. This picture doesn’t tell the whole story. We were pulling a 5,000 pound travel trailer with a Chevy 1500, south on I-77, through the Appalachian mountain range. Under nominal conditions, this isn’t a problem. What happens when the conditions aren’t “nominal?” It was … ...
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