I am a spiritual director and an elder at my church. I think a lot about faith and growth and find that it helps me to write about what I am thinking. I hope that reading it may help you, even if only by raising questions!

You will find three categories of posts here. If I have set it up as hoped, each category is on its own page. The most recent across categories below. The three categories are:

  • General posts: pretty much anything on Christian spiritual formation, the love of God, and maturing in faith.
  • In Pops’ Workshop: Serialization of a book I have been toying with for five years or so. A lot of the book is already written, so early chapters may come quickly.
  • The Fog: Another book serialization. This one is still mostly ideas so the content will come slowly and chapters will likely change over time.

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General Posts

Discernment, Self-Deception, and Redemption

Discernment should be easy but we can make it quite hard. What are the ways that we can be our own worst enemy when we try to discern God’s will for us?


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In Pops’ Workshop (book chapters)

Workshop Chapter 15: Being Known

“Our wisdom . . . consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves. But as these are connected together by many ties, it is not easy to determine which of the two precedes and gives birth to the other.” John Calvin, 1530 Just a few days after my visit to…


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The Fog
(book chapters)

Fog Chapter 1: Fog and Light

I awoke, as I did every morning, cold and damp in the grey half-light of the the Fog. I can’t remember the Fog not being there.  It is everywhere, and as far I as can tell, it has always been.  Cold and damp cover everything.  The sunlight is diffused to the point of near uselessness – I strain to see more than a few yards ahead.  The sun rises and sets, but its progress across the sky is barely perceptible.  In the daytime, the Fog is a bit more bearable, but it does not dissipate or “burn off.”  When darkness…

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