“Say ‘thanks!’ Before it’s Too Late”

First, a bit of background. Some of you know that I was Chief of The Behavioral Medicine Branch at the National Cancer Institute before my academic career really took off at The University of Pittsburgh. And if you know anything about how government bureaucracy works, you know that you can show up on a Monday…
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Prayer and Silence

In my last blog posting, “Are You Running With Me, Jesus?”, the title was drawn from the book by that name written by Malcolm Boyd and first published in l965. I reflected on that book as a sign of the times in the ’60s and ’70s – the decades of protest against the Viet Nam…
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Are You Running With Me, Jesus?

As many of you know, I’m in the middle of writing a new book titled, “The Fiction of our Lives” (forthcoming from Cascade Books, an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers, in the fall of 2016) – among other things a cultural and social commentary on our Boomer generation as we came of age in…
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Your Own Life

Lent seems to call for a careful listening to your life over the next 40 days or so … to take stock of your life and the quality of your response to God’s Spirit working in it if you only listen. And I do point out that even if you live to be 80 or…
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Out of Reach: And Love Won’t Fix It

I subscribe to The Christian Century, and was recently reading the February 4th issue. In it, there was an article titled, “What Love Can’t Fix.” The writer–Matt Gaventa–described his father’s descent into a spiral of clinical depression. A person who had been charismatic and loving one day was just gone. No joy, no life in…
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