Grizzlies, Wolves, and Aliens

I hope you were able to take advantage of the beautiful weather earlier this week. I found myself with an open couple of days after the busyness of Christmas and the new year, and decided to put together an impromptu camping trip. Winter camping in Arkansas is just about the best kind there is. The cool temperature during the day makes for nice hiking, and the near-freezing nights can make for ideal sleeping conditions (if your sleeping bag is up to snuff, of course)....

January 8, 2023 · 1177 words

A Squirrel, Bearing Gifts

There is a story that has been trying to work its way into one of my homilies for awhile now, and I think today may just be the day for it. The event that I’m going to recall for you actually happened a couple years ago, right during the height of the pandemic. You remember how it was. No one exactly knew how to interact socially. We weren’t hugging or shaking hands, and awkward nods or waves were the best we could manage as we attempted keep our germs to ourselves....

January 1, 2023 · 955 words

The Crisis of the World

A couple summers ago my wife and I piled the kids into the minivan and headed West. It was to be our big vacation of the year – all the way to California coast. Why fly when the classic “road trip” offers so much more? More sites to see; more local cuisines to sample; more time together – the latter, of course, adding some emotional depth to the experience, one might say....

August 14, 2022 · 1367 words

God's Love Letter

One of Evagrius’s lesser known writings is his Letter to Melania. A “Desert Mother,” Melania managed a monastery in Jerusalem and is credited with inspiring Evagrius to embrace a monastic life in the Egyptian desert. In this eloquent and tender letter, Evagrius expounds on some of his mystical, “gnostic” insights–he had come to understand creation itself as a love letter, chronicling God’s desire for us. “Just as those who teach the alphabet to children trace the letters on tablets, so too, Christ, in order to teach his wisdom to the rational beings, has inscribed it into corporeal nature” (Harmless, William....

March 7, 2022 · 508 words

Hiking with C.S. Lewis

Last weekend I partnered with Christ Episcopal Church and Second Baptist Church to lead a group of twelve hikers on a three-day, 25-mile trek on the Buffalo River Trail. The theme was “Hiking with C.S. Lewis,” drawing on the revered Anglican thinker’s wisdom as a prompt for discussion and reflection around the fire each evening. Our multi-generational group of disciples shared much over the weekend. For some this was a new experience, having never put up a tent before or felt the dull ache in the shoulders from hauling a heavy pack up and down the contours of the Ozark Mountains....

November 28, 2019 · 365 words