Picking Back Up (where I left off)

My three part postings on an Alternative Narrative didn’t attract much attention. And yet, most of us, if we are honest with ourselves, must admit that our lives are complex, rarely all bad or all good. Yeah, I’m a highly educated churchman with specializations in crisis counseling and conflict management. These two specializations indicate what […]

Alternative Narrative, Part 3

“After seminary I had some time to begin to work through some of the long bibliography I had gathered together. On that bibliography were monastics like Thomas Merton and Saint John of the Cross. The works of John of the Cross captured me. Some of the language was arcane. I remember going to my friend […]

Alternative Narrative, Part 2

“After graduation from college I was hired/called to be the Minister of Christian Education at a church in Burien/Seattle. I found the senior minister to be crude and boarish. Simultaneously, I was discovering how very introverted I am and, although I did not know it at the time, how deeply wounded I was by my […]

Alternative Narrative, Part 1

My friend, Roger, and I have irregular email conversations. Roger is a Systematic Theologian. I, as some of you know, am a Theological Librarian. Interestingly enough, most of our conversations are political in nature. We are both politically liberal. For some reason our last conversation triggered me to write a bit about my background that […]

Giddyup! Ride ‘Em Cowboy!

I spent the last part of my 18th year and the first part of my 19th in the Pacific Northwest, a tiny town named Colville and a cabin north of Colville in the woods where there was no TV, radio, telephone, newspapers or mail service. I was cut-off from the outside world in the cabin. […]

Dear Debbie,

I realized within the past couple of days that we do not need to be Facebook friends in order for me to say, “Thank you.” In fact, what I am about to thank you for took place 53 years ago. In the grand scheme of things, I suspect you don’t even remember me. We met […]

Why Aren’t There More Disabled People In Church?

I used to attend church every day, except Saturday. Yeah, that’s right. Every day! I read Scripture and I led prayer. I assisted in the distribution of Communion. Because of my educational background and professional position, I was requested to teach the Bible to adults. I happily did this. I co-led a new-comers class for […]

“Parts Are Parts, And People Are People”

In a National Public Radio piece by Emily Vaughn on January 2, 2020, titled “7 Women’s Health Topics We Need To Talk About In 2020,” Dr Jen Gunter, a New York Times columnist and author of The Vagina Bible, is quoted saying: …Transgender women are women Gunter writes about gender transition and what she has […]

An Inadequate Preacher

I attended a “preacher’s college.” There is a difference between a preacher’s college and a Bible college. The intended outcome of a Bible college is that students will emerge with a basic, freshman, knowledge of the Bible, both Old and New Testament. To be honest, a graduate of a Bible college has merely an introduction […]