Walking The Path With Others

“There is the story of a disciple who approached his teacher and asked, “It seems to me that by having good friends and advancing together with them, one has already halfway attained the way of enlightenment. Is this way of thinking correct?” The teacher replied, “This way of thinking is not correct. Having good friends…

An Ancient Tribe – The Unheard Story

“I am here because I’m a member of an ancient tribe and in my tribe we believe that every person is an image of God and this is why I am here.” While attending to a Sudanese woman’s serious wounds after being brutally abused in unspeakable ways by Sudanese soldiers during Sudan’s civil war, a…

My Culture Demands To Be My Theologian And Priest

“One of the symptoms of our post christian culture is how captive our church is to the marketplace. And in a buyers market it’s not good business to give tough medicine.” Jason Micheli in interview with Rod Dreher. Crackers and Grape Juice Podcast. Episode 94 I am struggling. I’m not struggling over being kind, but…

Mountains, Hiking, Health, And Ego Management

“Now those are some serious hikers.” Overheard from the Air Canada check-in booth, spoken by the two supervisors standing off to the left of us. We might have looked mean, but I  was still hurting from my sickness while hiking. The trail was many climbs up and down, and I  started having this knot in…

Birthday Girl, Zimbabwean Doctors, Al-Qaeda And Lobsters 

The highlight of the week is Birthday girl. How on earth have we gone from married at twenty, to married at fifty? I’m beginning  to understand the statement. “A young person trapped in an old body”.  I still live, move, and have my being feeling 29 all the while. Yet, I’ll be fifty years old…

He Just Laughed And Said “Leave Djenne (Africa)” Never!

“When the Jihadists attacked the north and seemed to be on the march towards Djenné in 2012 I decided to leave for the south. I remember asking Yelfa if he would leave if things took a bad turn in Djenné. He did not really understand what I meant at first. The he just laughed and…

The Haunted Mariner Of A Never Told Africa

“I lived in Africa almost half a lifetime ago. I was very young when I went, not just in years, and I returned home feeling prematurely aged. For months after coming back, like the ancient mariner with his gray beard and glittering eyes, I cornered anyone half willing to listen and try to describe what…

Seaman Adventures

“I think it’s my adventure, my trip, my journey, and I guess my attitude is, let the chips fall where they may.” (Leonard Nimoy) I can’t imagine the sea taken from my life. Over the last few years a surprising number of people have asked me if i ever felt like I wanted to walk…

Why South Wind Is Pure Poison & Lies

This is what my uncle always said about lobster fishing. “South wind is pure poision for lobsters.” A first mate of my fathers put it this way, “South wind rocks lobsters to sleep, they don’t move.” Lobsters don’t trap well in South wind it seems. So, unfortunately, the crustaceans are probably avoiding my traps today…

“Hello, My Teacher!” ~ Things I’m Not Worthy To Be Called 

Those were the words I often heard from Sungjung Choi, a South Korean, and student in a class I taught as an adjunct teacher for a theological school a few years back.  “Hello, My Teacher” Sungjung Choi is older than I am, must be mid sixties. He speaks very broken English but he sold his…