Post Archive

  1. Being the Real You

    While at Duke Divinity School, I got a bit of a reputation as being the student who knew something about neuroscience. With the birth of my daughter, I’m also rather publicly struggling with what it means to be a father, and especially being the father...


    The Lamb's War: Quakers, Nonviolence, Gandhi, and Jesus

    I have a very empirical approach to my mysticism. Some people judge mystics by their ability to say mystical-sounding things: it’s a kind of spirituality-as-performance-art. One example of this is Julian of Norwich, whose fans tend to be excited...


    Fighting Battles: Wild at Heart, Chapter 1, p. 6-11

    There is no more iconic image of the young boy than the young boy swashbuckling with a stick. People seem to enjoy recounting the folk wisdom that even if you don’t give a boy a sword or a gun, the boy will chew bread into the shape of a gun or break...


    What Stirs a Man: Wild at Heart, Chapter 1, p. 6-9

    These pages introduce the three things that Eldredge will lay out as fundamental to a man’s heart. The “a” in “a man” is important here, because it’s explicitly Eldredge’s heart he’s talking about:

    There are three desires I find written so deeply...


    Wilderness and Scripture: Wild at Heart, p. 2-6, Chapter 1

    In my previous post, I noted how I resonated quite a bit with Eldredge’s depiction of the wilderness and adventure as so incredibly therapeutic, but I struggled with the universalizing and ontological move that he makes in trying to make that exclusively...


    Wilderness and the Man's Heart: Wild at Heart, p. 2-6, Chapter 1

    These first few pages of Wild at Heart set out the basic thesis: that man—as opposed to woman—is undomesticated and adventerous: in a word, wild. Even before encountering this book, I’d quip that women are a domesticating influence on men,1 so I get...


    Wild at Heart, p. xi-xii, Introduction

    The Introduction of Wild at Heart really did not start off well by me.

    Dear Lord—do we really need another book for men?

    Nope. We need something else. We need permission.

    Permission to be what we are—men made in God’s image. Permission to live...


    On America, Appropriation, and Belly Dance

    Once upon a time back in divinity school, my ethics professor was making a point about ballet and its particular physical ideal. The professor suggested that perhaps ballet should be supplanted by belly dance. As a fan of Lieber and Stoller, this struck...


    Introductory Comments-Wild at Heart

    On December 17th, I became a first-time father. Leading up to being a father was a difficult time for me: I had never before experienced the kind of helplessness that I experienced through my wife’s pregnancy. During that time, I felt as though I was...