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What Brings You Joy?

I have always loved the outdoors…nature in particular. As a kid growing up in a really small town in Central NY, I spent many hours during the summer climbing trees, making forts, pretending that I was Daniel Boone, or Grizzly Adams. Well, I did have a beard at a young age.

What Brings You Joy?

I have always loved the outdoors…nature in particular. As a kid growing up in a really small town in Central NY, I spent many hours during the summer climbing trees, making forts, pretending that I was Daniel Boone, or Grizzly Adams. Well, I did have a beard at a young age.

Silent Solitude – Part 3

There’s another chapter to the story I told in Silent Solitude – Part 1 and Silent Solitude – Part 2. After hosting a few A High Mountain retreats (if you recall, personal retreats with a small company of men) at our home in Montana, I began wondering a few things. What aspects could I bring back home to Michigan, to make them more accessible to men interested in pursuing solitude? Should I be offering more to equip men to practice solitude disciplines in their daily lives? And having learned that solitude and community are inseparable and complimentary spiritual disciplines, what could I offer to give men a taste of this – to experience this for themselves?

Silent Solitude – Part 3

There’s another chapter to the story I told in Silent Solitude – Part 1 and Silent Solitude – Part 2. After hosting a few A High Mountain retreats (if you recall, personal retreats with a small company of men) at our home in Montana, I began wondering a few things. What aspects could I bring back home to Michigan, to make them more accessible to men interested in pursuing solitude? Should I be offering more to equip men to practice solitude disciplines in their daily lives? And having learned that solitude and community are inseparable and complimentary spiritual disciplines, what could I offer to give men a taste of this – to experience this for themselves?

Silent Solitude – Part 2

As I described in Silent Solitude – Part 1, in 2005 I began an unanticipated journey into the practices of what I would now call solitude and silence. The first part of that journey was personal, formative. Then something else happened along the way.

I began to feel a pull towards sharing my experiences of solitude and silence.

Silent Solitude – Part 2

As I described in Silent Solitude – Part 1, in 2005 I began an unanticipated journey into the practices of what I would now call solitude and silence. The first part of that journey was personal, formative. Then something else happened along the way.

I began to feel a pull towards sharing my experiences of solitude and silence.

Silent Solitude – Part 1

About thirteen years ago, I began an unanticipated journey into the practices of what I would now call solitude and silence. It has been a long and winding journey, and it continues. Our journeys become a part of our stories, and thus my story includes significant chapters on solitude and silence. By sharing a bit from those chapters of my life, I hope something will stir in you; perhaps something that God is inviting you to explore.

Silent Solitude – Part 1

About thirteen years ago, I began an unanticipated journey into the practices of what I would now call solitude and silence. It has been a long and winding journey, and it continues. Our journeys become a part of our stories, and thus my story includes significant chapters on solitude and silence. By sharing a bit from those chapters of my life, I hope something will stir in you; perhaps something that God is inviting you to explore.

Silent Solitude – Part 1

About thirteen years ago, I began an unanticipated journey into the practices of what I would now call solitude and silence. It has been a long and winding journey, and it continues. Our journeys become a part of our stories, and thus my story includes significant chapters on solitude and silence. By sharing a bit from those chapters of my life, I hope something will stir in you; perhaps something that God is inviting you to explore.

No Shortcuts

Have you noticed how prone we humans are to finding a shortcut to everything? It doesn’t matter what it is, we are always trying to figure out an easier or quicker way of getting what we want. From cheating on a test or our taxes, to finding a faster way to drive to work, to eating dinner in the van. Think of all of the gadgets that marketers relentlessly push on us in an effort to make life more streamline. The microwave, frozen or pre-made meals, weight loss supplements, texting, Google Maps, drive through fast food, automated car wash, K-cups, to online shopping; there is always a new and improved way of finding a shortcut.