Oh Jake.....

very Much Shorter: Heavy Moments and Thin Places

by on May 13, 2019

I was in the car when I got the text. A woman I’ve known for years and years was dying. I hadn’t been in touch with this dear friend of mine for a while because my circle shifted as it seems to from one season to the next. I’d known about her battle with cancer because she’d shared about it openly on Facebook. I should have known to interpret her positive posts through her immense faith and optimism. She was one of the most hopeful people I’ve ever known, so of course it was worse than many of us thought.

Oh Jake.....

Love and Stuff

by on January 18, 2019

I haven’t written on here in ages. Anymore, it feels like nearly all of my creative faculties are directed toward sermons, the occasional class and random documents evangelizing infant baptism in a culture that’s afraid of things appearing too Roman.

But, I’m in San Diego, at a strange coffee shop and I’ve been craving the time to sit down and just write- say something stupid and then attempt to be profound. It’s a desire that I’ve been neglecting because there’s the gym, food prep, relationships, all kinds of things that I should be doing, things that I desire to do and I’ve just let them take priority over doing this. But today, I have nothing planned until lunch, a treat that doesn’t come often these days.

Oh Jake.....

Talking to God: Cryptozoology

by on March 30, 2018

I’m more of a nerd than I let on. But it’s 2018 and a surprising number of my friends are playing Dungeons and Dragons and they’re plenty happy to share about it on social media. So, I am emboldened and confess that I love reading epic fantasy. I adore it. I’m excited about world-building and dragons and unicorns and swords and magic. Twenty years ago, some of you might exclaim, “Nerd alert!” at this confession, but we’re in a day and age that celebrates imagination more freely than before. In other words, pop-culture has embraced it.

I generally read this stuff before bed. Then I turn the light off, lay back and I talk to God until I crash. Here’s a word-for-word transcript of one of our recent conversations:

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