I'm not lazy...I just don't care.

Jesus, Easter, and the Always-awesome Office Space

*A post-Easter repost that still bears my minding.* Once, when I worked at a job that had regular staff meetings that I quite abhorred, I found great and sacred solace in the profound film Office Space. How could it not provide a plethora of holy moments? Here, in this Citizen...

Dark is never as absolute as it seems.

Holy Saturday

I’ve spent some time today, reflecting on how the last few days of Holy Week have played out for my family. Before the glory of tomorrow, I wanted to think about how hope works in the darkness. “Holy Saturday” On Thursday, After I had washed the feet of my son...

shhh...the world's a gritty place

Embrace the Sand

Note: With spring break looming and multiple children playing (and adults watching/helping) in the zen garden in my office, I was reminded of my tumultuous relationship with my inner critic (Little Richard, but not *that one) and sand itself.*  I’ve got this little problem that I think I hide...

Stories Making Meaning Back In The Day

The Art of Storytelling

A slightly different version of this article article originally appeared at The Good Men Project, (here)[http://goodmenproject.com/families/aklap92033/]. I’m reposting it today as a reminder to myself. Sometimes, I get lazy as a parent and a person, and I fail to utilize the power of story, instead relying on simple rules and...

A pic from a trip on the way home.

Ash Wednesday and Going Home

Note: I wrote this last year after a trip home. Since then, I’ve moved to a new home in a new state. I think, more than ever, that it was good for me to reconnect with old friends. I’ve found in the past year that my life continues to be...

Whoa...

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Lenten Journey

Note: A slightly different version of this post appeared on my old blog and at the Religious Herald during last year’s Lenten season. As I was editing and compiling a Lenten devotional for use this year, I felt that this was an appropriate share today. I’ve updated a few things...

I like self-explanatory things.

Coffins – A Poem About Community

I had a wonderful opportunity for a few years to come alongside some lovely gentlemen who were in the midst of a difficult and long rehabilitation program. When I was able to attend worship with them, I found their earnest need for each other and God so refreshing. These men...

It all fits together! Crafty birds.

Birds and Automobiles: Everything Belongs

The frost is beginning to lift from an odd winter in the South. The birds are calling from the trees out back this morning to their neighbors across the creek. Nature creates a constant chirping hum in the background as I walk my dogs. I am accustomed to electric and...

Some Collars - You Know, from Shirts

Collars – A Poem about Wholeness

As some of us head into weekends that are finally warm enough for time outside, I’m sharing a poem I wrote after a day of moving shrubberies (like a holy quest). We are so much more than the way we spend our time to make money. We are so much...