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Album Review: Beyond The Frame

Album Review: Beyond The Frame

(Note: This is the first time I've reviewed any music on this blog. But, the music in question more than fits the theme of relationship.) When I first started seminary, I had no intentions of serving professionally as a pastor. I mainly wanted the education and credentials needed to write and publish Christian books. Several years later, I haven’t published one book, but I am employed as a full-time pastor/minister to incarcerated men in Nashville. So, the joke was on me. God decided to [...]

Jesus Died For You (a series of images)

Jesus Died For You (a series of images)

Jesus died for you.   And Jesus died for you, too.   Jesus died for you.   He also died for you.   Jesus died for you.   And he died for you.   Jesus died for you.   And Jesus died for you, too.   Jesus died for you.   And he also died for you.   Jesus died, he laid down his life, for you...   And for you...   And for [...]

Prayers For A Child

Prayers For A Child

(I'm going to interrupt the typical articles I write on relationship to speak about something more practical, but at the same time, still having everything to do with relationship.) Today my wife, Zolla, and I launched a new website called, PRAYERS FOR A CHILD. It details our journey towards finding the child we’ve always been praying for through the gift of adoption. Here's our story and how you might use the website to help us complete our journey: (more…)

Between Keith And The Nuns

Between Keith And The Nuns

There is a mystery to belonging. I'm usually reminded of this early on Sunday mornings. I bought one of those clock alarms with a CD player so you can wake up to the music of your choice rather than some annoying radio station or a loud buzzer. (more…)

Recreational Vehicles

Recreational Vehicles

Previously, I wrote about our pursuit of the American Dream, its pros and cons, and how most view it as improving yourself economically, owning your own home, building a retirement nest-egg, etc. But, perhaps the most compelling symbol for those who've achieved the American Dream is embodied in just two letters: RV. (more…)

What’s Your Working Relationship?

What’s Your Working Relationship?

The precious possession of a man is diligence. -- Proverbs 12:27 Do you like what you do? According to recent surveys, most Americans don't. Most of us are unhappy and wishing we were somewhere else. Some of us are lazy. Others are unchallenged. Some can't get along with our co-workers. Others have a mean boss or feel under-appreciated for all they do. In truth, understanding our relationship to work is a fundamental life-question, and if we're not happy with what we do, this might be a [...]

Growing Up Again

Growing Up Again

"There exists in most men a poet who died young, while the man survived." -- Sainte-Beuve It is one of the gifts of life to me that, no matter how old we are, we're never far from the glory and imagery of childhood. We, of course, spend perhaps a quarter of our life as children. Then, sometime soon after becoming adults (and sometimes before) many of us have children of our own and raise them into our middle years (and sometimes beyond). Our children then have children, and if we're [...]

Social Networking & The Golden Rule

Social Networking & The Golden Rule

I've always loved the old Spaghetti Westerns. Clint Eastwood rides into some frontier town covered with dust, mystery, and rawhide testosterone. The Old West town he surveys is riddled with the oddest mix of characters: the snake-oil salesman bellows to anyone within shouting distance that he can cure all their ills; the preacher across the street shouts a solution (more…)

A Bittersweet Season

A Bittersweet Season

Like many, Christmas is by far my favorite time of year. There is a richness of life and color. Houses, trees and city streets seem to stand up a bit straighter as we all do when we put on our best clothes. The world shines a pregnant glow. The air grows cooler, and we imagine the warmth inside all those shops and homes with smoke-filled chimneys. (more…)

Of Love and Body Fluids

Of Love and Body Fluids

(Warning: What you are about to read will likely either A) gross you out beyond measure, or B) give you a nice dose of transcendent inspiration. Perhaps it will do both. If after reading this, you do find it's both, you might want to ask yourself whether that's actually a coincidence.) (more…)

Minding Your Ps…

Minding Your Ps…

No need to tell you where I was, but it was wonderful. It was high summer and I was on vacation, visiting a location I had been many times before. The sun was setting, I was alone, standing on a quiet country road at the head of an expansive bean field. The crop was low and plush, and you could see all the way to the end. The fading sunlight had been replaced by (more…)

The Pain Now Is Part Of The Happiness Then

The Pain Now Is Part Of The Happiness Then

Today, I'm in mourning. There's a weight on me that feels like the dense pressure in your chest they say is common with a heart attack. I've cried more in the last few days than I have in years. My emotions go from disorientation to shock, from guilt to a sense of peace. I'm in mourning because sometime last night, I lost one of the best friends I've ever had. (more…)

Three Questions To Ask Yourself Before Speaking

Three Questions To Ask Yourself Before Speaking

If you're like me, you get in trouble for opening your mouth a lot. It's part of being human. But, there are lessons we can learn on how to filter our speech, whether it's with our family, our friends, co-workers, or with the stranger on the street. The following is one of the most effective lessons on this I've ever heard. (more…)

Life Is Relationship

Life Is Relationship

Have you ever heard of Viktor Frankl? He was an author and psychotherapist who died about 9 years ago at the age of 92. Among his other accomplishments, he wrote a great book called Man's Search For Meaning. This book begins by showing the way Dr. Frankl would start out his therapy (more…)

Character and Wonder

Character and Wonder

I love movies. For good or ill, they have had a major impact on my life. I'm a fan of most genres—comedy, romance, drama, action. As a fairly analytical human, I was thinking a while back on what makes a great movie…great. Certainly there are many ingredients—good writing, talented (more…)

Humility and Gratitude

Humility and Gratitude

(Originally written June 2007) A beautiful woman died the other day. And, for my own life, I have no reason at all to complain. Jacqui was to turn 28 in a month or so. She was a gorgeous, petite girl with striking eyes and auburn hair. She was filled with love and with an amazing energy for life. She was married just under 2 years to a wonderful man. But, she died. Of cancer. (more…)

Awakening From The American Dream

Awakening From The American Dream

I hate to admit this, but there’s a side of me that sometimes enjoys the idea of oncoming disaster. Maybe I’m too detached and numbed by the virtual world of movies and television, where a 10.5 earthquake sends California into the ocean or an ice (more…)

The Greatest Of These

The Greatest Of These

(This is a feature I wrote for Good News Magazine back in 2000) How Alzheimer’s other victims have loved, persevered and come to terms with one of life’s most dehumanizing diseases. (more…)

Throwing In The Towel

Throwing In The Towel

Here's another life lesson I had as a kid that has left a significant mark on who I am today. In my early teens and at various other periods growing up, I was the victim of a lot of "persecution" by my peers...teasing. The persecution came in a lot of forms, some physical with bullies, but I guess most of it was verbal--name-calling, etc. (more…)

Fingal's Cave

Fingal's Cave

There are certain works of art that have a lifetime impact on you. At least for me. They literally shape who you are. Reading Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Madeline L'Engle as a kid could qualify. Reading Plato in high school was significant for me (if that qualifies as art). One of the most epic encounters with a work of art (more…)

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