The Desert Sanctuary

Spirit * Soul * Body

For over 20 years, I held my theology close to my chest.  There were some things that were considered “essentials.”  I often recited what is usually attributed to Augustine, “In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”  Essentials are considered by many groups as the things that are written in stone—we don’t change …

Continue reading

“Religion is the opiate of the masses.”  Karl Marx  Recently, we interviewed Cindy Wang Brandt on our podcast, The Desert Sanctuary.  Don’t blame her for anything I say, but her suggestion inspired this thought process.  She stressed that everyone should take a “gap year off” from church.  Although I agree with this now, I couldn’t …

Continue reading

I’ve been making the rounds trying to promote my book, Apparent Faith: What Fatherhood Taught Me about the Father’s Heart.  The book just came out on Audio book last week on Audible.com and Amazon.  I hope you have had a chance to read the book and go on the journey with me. I have been …

Continue reading

One of the musical groups I have come to love over the past few years is the Avett Brothers.  The initial song that drew me to them is a song entitled No Hard Feelings.  It speaks of the end of a life and a desire to resolve all outstanding issues.  It makes suppositions about the afterlife, but …

Continue reading

Men cannot say, “Look, here it is,” or “there it is,” for the kingdom of God is inside you           Luke 17:21 (PHILLIPS) We like to grow our own sprouts.  Sprouts are know to be anti-inflamatory, anti-aging and possibly, anti-cancer.  They are relatively easy to grow in a mason jar in …

Continue reading

Everyone has probably had that feeling at least once or twice while listening to a lecture.  I was quite impressed with the speaker, Sister Judith Sutera, but I can’t say that she had my total attention.  I tend to get distracted by something I see or maybe something the speaker said earlier.  I’m not very …

Continue reading