Opening Up

The Holy Spirit is as real and present for me as either of the other two persons of the Trinity.  I cannot have a relationship with Jesus without that Spirit dwelling in me.  I can never begin to accept the vastness and mystery of the One Jesus called Father without relying on the Spirit to … Continue reading Opening Up


It’s Finally Here!

That day I have been waiting for is finally here.  MaryAnn McKibbon Dana’s book God, Improv and the Art of Living has been released and is available for sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble (or wherever fine books are sold, I suppose).  I highly recommend that if you want to be challenged and have … Continue reading It’s Finally Here!

A Life of Prayer

Do you remember God first reaching out to you?

Mitch Teemley


I just found out that yesterday was my country’s National Day of Prayer. The occasion, once widely covered by the media, is now a side story at best. But no matter. For believers, every day is a day of prayer.

I often say,“I am a writer” because that is something I do with great passion. I’m less inclined to say, “I am a weed plucker” or “I am a shower taker” because, even though those are things I do, they are not what I’m about.

But even more than writing, even more than being a husband or a father, I am about following Jesus. God is not one of the things in my life, he the thing. More accurately, he is the focus of my life. Everything I do—writing, filmmaking, husbanding, fathering—is about knowing him.

Hey, he started it.

Forty-two years ago, sensing that God might just exist and…

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The Christian Soul: Mindfulness

I am taking my time this week with writing. Be on the lookout maybe this week, maybe next sometime soon on Chasing Unicorns. When you read that, you will probably see a connection to this piece by a blogger I’ve only just started following today. I especially like his description of his experience, but I also relate to his call to writing and wondering if there’s space for that in a Christianity that prioritizes “doing.”

D. Patrick Collins

This is our final essay in the series The Christian Soul. Look forward to our new series on The Christian Mind, coming soon 🙂

mindfulness:  noun. The practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis; also such a state of awareness.

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By the time you read this, my first-world problems today will have been solved – they’ll have to be because I can’t post this until I have internet.  But for some reason the wireless connection at the library where I’m spending the morning is out of commission. I have a video conference tonight and one … Continue reading Disconnected


Last night while my husband placed ashes on my forehead and the forehead of our 11-year old son and we contemplated our mortality, I cried. Someone once told my husband when our son was very tiny that it was cute when he placed ashes on his little forehead. My husband realized that they didn’t understand … Continue reading Ashes