11
Dec

guide order

For Christmas this year I want a mentor.

Two years ago, a friend told me about a Roman Catholic guy who had been his spiritual advisor and sounding board for decades. He said his relationship with this man, the conversations they’d had and the books he’d been challenged to read and the insights he’d gained in the process, was one of the most significant parts of his spiritual growth.

I have many people I trust and look up to and learn from, including the friend who shared this story, so …

27
Jul

taylorville

Last week my mom wrote the following on Facebook:

Generally annoyed by the grandmother in Wal-Mart who persisted in directing her snippy comments to her little granddaughter who was doing nothing wrong. I vote for a reinstatement of the public stockade.

Her first mistake was shopping at Wal-mart at all. However, the comment did remind me of my own long-term plan to start a country called Taylorville where I will rule as a benevolent dictator. Competition to live in the country will be fierce because of my firm but fair system of laws.

Here is a sneak peek at these never-before-published Taylorville Rules:

15
Jun

what’s saving you?

In her memoir Leaving Church, Barbara Brown Taylor writes,

Many years ago now, when I was invited to speak at a church gathering, my host said, “Tell us what is saving your life now.” It was such a good question that I have made a practice of asking others to answer it even as I continue to answer it myself. Salvation is so much more than many of its proponents would have us believe. In the Bible, human beings experience God’s salvation when peace ends war, when food follows famine, when health supplants sickness and freedom trumps oppression. Salvation …