There’s too much at stake to not let your voice be heard, so vote, Jerkface! Every year there are millions of people who don’t vote in elections in the United States. And every year, I wonder who these dimwits are that choose to throw away the right and privilege given to them by virtue of … Continue reading Why “Sitting This One Out” Can’t Be an Option.
Some people say they’re ugly. Some people call them “pests.” Some are downright scared of them. They are the only marsupial native to North America, and in my opinion, opossums are awesome! Yes, the “O” is important, because it distinguishes them from their Aussie relatives, but most of us in the hills and hollers where … Continue reading The Opossum: Patron Saint of Grumpy Contemplatives
I sometimes hear murmurings in the Church about how the kind of work that I do isn’t “evangelistic” enough to really count. There is a certain clique within Christianity that believes that any work that doesn’t include leading a person in the “Sinner’s Prayer,” or having and altar call at the end of every service, … Continue reading Chaplaincy Is Evangelism
Why I’m leaving the Book of Faces, and returning to my favorite long form writing–the Grumpy Contemplative Blog! Continue reading Back to the Blog
Yesterday, I commented on a Twitter thread about the so-called “Benedict Option.” (I know, it’s my own fault, and there’s nothing that I can do about it–I have a compulsion to respond to nonsense.) I noted that I don’t think Benedict himself would recognize what some people would say is his answer to the current … Continue reading The Saints Belong to the Whole Church
At this festive time of year, you will often find the Grump being…well, Grumpy. And it’s not just because of the Seasonal Depression, either… Continue reading Advent Humbug
When I was a kid, I loved to get an Advent calendar, especially the kind that had pieces of chocolate hidden behind the little flaps that you opened every day. Later on, I got one that had a scripture behind each flap, which was not nearly as fun or delicious, but edifying nonetheless. Now it … Continue reading Why I Hate Advent Calendars
As I get older (I am often referring to myself lately as “middle aged,” as young adulthood fades into the past as a faint memory), I am experiencing more pain in my everyday life. Things that never used to cause stress or injury can now suddenly change the course of my whole day–the way my … Continue reading Pain is a Teacher
Recently, I’ve been hit with a spate of my *favorite* invective about the place where I work: “Why would you (all) allow something like this? I thought this was a good Methodist school.” The TL;DR version of my answer is this: Yes, we are a good Methodist school, and we do the things we do not … Continue reading “A Good Methodist School” (Again)
Yeats’s poem, “The Second Coming,” has been on my mind a lot lately, particularly the line that reads: Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; This poem, which has been called “the most thoroughly pillaged piece of literature in English,” serves, much like “The Wizard of Oz,” as a universal metaphor for many things–the end … Continue reading The Center Cannot Hold…And I’m O.K. With That.