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Our individual actions matter collectively.

January 13, 2020


There persists an argument in the debate over global problems how our individual actions can truly make a difference. In short, they don’t, so the argument goes. What is really needed is collective action, which communicates that my individual actions are irrelevant. This dichotomy does not reflect reality. Our individual actions by themselves don’t make […]

Your argument needs a ligament.

December 31, 2019


We are emotional beings who leverage emotion as a force. We naturally make arguments that are full of muscle, but they frequently lack coherence or effect. And so, just like a muscle needs to connect to something structural or it collapses in on itself, so too, do good arguments need to connect. They first need […]

Religion is an ontological cartography.

October 4, 2019


Credit to Robert P. Jones for the phrase “ontological cartography” in his book, The End of White Christian America. Ontology: a branch of metaphysics dealing with the nature of being or existence. Cartography: the science or practice of drawing maps, a diagrammatic representation showing spacial arrangement. Ontological Cartography: a way of mapping out one’s place […]

The soul reaching towards infinity…

May 7, 2019


Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books acquired by passionate devotion to them produces such an ecstasy that the buying of more books than one can peradventure read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity, and that this passion is the only thing that raises us above the beasts that perish, […]

I am Being. Misunderstood.

April 29, 2019


The entire struggle of my life, therefore, has been striving to understand. Becoming.

Persuasion is better than force.

December 15, 2018


Kindness effects more than severity. From the fable of The North Wind and the Sun: The North Wind and the Sun had a quarrel about which of them was the stronger. While they were disputing with much heat and bluster, a Traveler passed along the road wrapped in a cloak. “Let us agree,” said the Sun, […]

עולם חסד יבנה

November 2, 2018


עולם חסד יבנה – olam chesed yibaneh (a world built on kindness) This simple song was sung a Sabbath service after the shooting at the Tree of Life (Etz Chayim, עץ חיים) Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 27, 2018, the deadliest single attack on American Jews in the history of America. I will build this world […]

…let us live and love without labels.

August 12, 2017


Married, divorced and single here, it’s one family that mingles here. Conservative and liberal here, we’ve all gotta give a little here. Big and small here, there’s room for all of us here. Doubt and believe here, we call can receive here. LGBTQ and straight here, there’s no hate here. Woman and man here, everyone […]

Truth does not begin with a question and end in an answer. Truth begins with wonder and ends in a mystery.

August 9, 2017


Perhaps stated another way, epistemology is not so much a process by which a problem is resolved, or a puzzle is solved. Rather, epistemology is an exercise in grasping, reaching, and yearning for the unknowable. It also involves a concession to subjectivity, a defeat of absolutism.

You only have two options, the past or the future, because “now” does not exist.

July 10, 2017


The dimension of time is by its nature a transition from the past into the future. As such, according to physics, “now” does not exist. There is no “now.” You are either stopping and reflecting on the past, or you are considering, imagining, and dreaming, of what new realities could come in the future. Pushed […]

Most of us are incompetent at most things.

November 3, 2016


It is important to recognize and then realize this truth when deciding who you are, and what work you should be doing; your personal vision, and your core commitments. It is human nature to be insecure and ultimately fearful of the many things of which we are incapable. We then instinctively admire (envy?) others who […]

Show up before things blow up.

July 18, 2015


Also known as “anticipation,” showing up before things blow up is a philosophy of proactive and disciplined leadership which saves time, money, and most of all, heartache. The posture of anticipation is also not predicated on needing the skill of prediction, the ability to tell the future. The posture of anticipation is the skill of […]

How can you tell if your church/social organization is about products, or about people? How you think about “growth.”

June 30, 2013


For social sector servants. If you’re goal is growth, most likely you’re into products and not into service, you’re in business, not in benevolence, you’re into capital, not in the cause. And you probably think of your services, your preaching, your teaching, as a commodity. Growth, as a primary goal and key marker for “success,” […]