Pilgrim March

Thoughts on Life as a Spiritual Journey

The Great Divide

I recently picked up (ordered for my iOS Kindle app) a new book called, Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 by Charles Murray. It’s a book about the cultural shifts that have taken place since the 1960′s in America. In particular, it’s about the ever-widdening cultural gap between the classes, which the author [...]

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Now I Become Myself

A poem by May Sarton in the interim of a rather post less blog season: Now I Become Myself Now I become myself. It’s taken Time, many years and places; I have been dissolved and shaken, Worn other people’s faces, Run madly, as if Time were there, Terribly old, crying a warning, “Hurry, you will [...]

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Everything is Amazing and Nobody is Happy

Yesterday I dragged myself out of bed to join a few other friends for an early morning swim practice at the Eden Prairie Community Center.  I made it through the practice okay, and on my way back home I noticed a sign hanging on a light pole in the parking lot.  It proudly touted Eden [...]

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Tolstoy on Idealists

Considering the governmental gridlock in Minnesota, the budget talks on Capitol Hill, and David Brooks recent article, I thought Tolstoy’s comments about an a man devoted to theory nicely parallels the stubborn idealism of politicians who occupy the extremes of their parties.  This excerpt comes from the book, War and Peace, and the character about [...]

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Addiction as Idolatry

When I was in Thailand, I saw idols.  They were outside bakeries and 7-11s.  They would be sitting on shelves behind the cash register at restaurants.  Cab drivers glued them to their dashboards and placed pieces of their lunch in front of them.  I even saw them outside of brothels when a group of us [...]

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The Perils of Doing Ministry

As a church planter, I have been warned many times by mature Christians in the faith that Satan would do his best to derail our ministry.  He would somehow try and subvert our marriage.  He would entice me to sin.  He would disrupt relationships and do his best to cause chaos in our community.  I’ve [...]

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Do You Think For Yourself?

From Willimon’s book, Pastor, in a section where he describes the church as a world or culture in which it’s members learn how to live — a place that has rituals, practices and ways of being that teach us who we are and how to be in the world: So, when an early twenty-first-century North [...]

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Despair is the Extreme of Self-Love

From Merton’s New Seeds of contemplation (emphasis is from the author): Despair is the absolute extreme of self-love.  It is reached when a man deliberately turns his back on all help from anyone else in order to taste the rotten luxury of knowing himself to be lost. In every man there is hidden some root [...]

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Doctors Can Be Pharisees Too

Last Thursday night was the worst night of my life.  Mary was attending a small group, and I was home watching the kids by myself.  I got the two older kids to bed, and I was taking care of our youngest, Daniel, who is four months old.  He’s had bad eczema for the last couple [...]

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Stress and Spiritual Rhythms

There’s a scale in our bathroom.  Every time I go in there to take a shower or do my business, I look at it and think, “I wonder what number would come back up at me if I were to stand on that thing.”  Over the last year, it has brought nothing but depressing results. [...]

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