Nov 14 2014


Last week I took myself off on a silent, private retreat to a Roman Catholic conference center north of Richmond called Shalom House. I went there to rest in part because my spirit was unquiet in recent weeks and I needed to – as they say – get my head together. Among the books I…
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Oct 28 2014

City of God: Faith in the Streets

It used to be that churches would leave their doors open 24 hours a day for anyone to stop in and “make a visit.” But it’s not just inside church buildings that you can find God: in the holy city, God is the temple and dwells among his people. The Kingdom of God is among…
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Oct 15 2014

The Quiet Mind

Many of you know that I’m a lifetime member of the American Psychological Association – my original professional home as a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. And a few short years ago, I attended the annual meeting when it was held in D.C. (Can you imagine thousands of psychologists converging on one city? In addition to…
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Sep 29 2014

Two Poems for our Times

I, along with a friend, have just returned from an eight-day cruise on the Viking Var, sailing up the Rhine River from Amsterdam to Basel. It was a lovely trip, through The Netherlands but mostly through Germany, exploring windmills, castles, and mediaeval cathedrals, sipping lovely Alsace wines along the way. So perhaps more about that…
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Sep 5 2014

The Power of Silence

I have always been attracted to silence — to listening for another voice that may speak, as one of my favorite poets puts it. For me, the voice that may speak is a Voice–God’s Spirit somehow urging, nudging, moving, calling my self to insight, to respond to such transcendent engagement that may break through in the…
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