Brokenness and Wholeness

This is the second of a 4-part interview of me by Dr. Jackie Stinton – a psychologist and spiritual director who lives in Calgary. Watch for further instalments of this wide-ranging interview to be published here over the course of 2016…. Continue Reading »

Stages of the Human Journey

There has been a long tradition across many cultures of dividing the human journey into two broad stages. In the first, our focus is primarily external. This is when we learn to make our way in relation to… Continue Reading »

The Spiritual Journey, The Human Journey

Someone recently told me that she preferred my earlier books to my recent ones and wondered why I no longer wrote with an explicitly Christian voice. She asked if these changes were due to a shift in my… Continue Reading »

Soul Friends and Spiritual Companions

No one can satisfactorily make either the human or the spiritual journey alone. We all need soul friends and spiritual companions. One of the reasons for this has to do with the nature of the human soul and… Continue Reading »

Healthy Religion

Not long ago I received an email from a young man who asked me how he could know which religion was right for him. It’s a question I am not used to hearing from people in their twenties or… Continue Reading »

Moving Beyond Outgrown Spiritualities

To be on a spiritual journey – as opposed to merely being religious – means that from time to time you will find yourself with an outgrown spirituality. By its very nature faith must be evolving if it… Continue Reading »

At an Impasse

Several years ago my wife and I were hiking an ever-narrowing canyon in Arizona when we got to a place that, although I had never been there before, was quite familiar to me. After being reduced to single… Continue Reading »

Presence and Absence: 4

Because humans are hard-wired for presence we will always be vulnerable to absence.  Even Jesus knew this vulnerability. Nowhere was this more clearly expressed than in his cry of anguish from the cross when he sensed God having… Continue Reading »

Presence and Absence: 3

In my last blog I suggested that physical and psychological well-being are dependent on knowing presence at deep enough levels that we no longer require sensory verification.  Only very young children need to be able to physically see… Continue Reading »

Presence and Absence: 2

Tolerating absence is, in essence, trusting presence – even when the one who is present to us is not physically present.  Think of the two year old gradually loosening his clinging grasp to the leg of his mother… Continue Reading »