Fellowship of Saints and Sinners

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Mental Health Break — “On Melancholy Hill” and What’s Up Next Here

Single motherhood for the next nine months — with my hubby traveling back and forth to Washington, D.C., thanks to a National Endowment of Humanities (NEH) research fellowship there — may reduce my presence here at this intersection. But I’m […]


Mental Health Break—Sprawl II

My favorite band these days is Arcade Fire, and I’ve featured the Canadian indie rock group before at this intersection between God and life. The lead singer studied Kirkegaard in college and their songs, like this one, are often subtle […]


Mental Health Break— “Hurt” and “God’s Gonna Cut You Down”

Today’s break for restless souls looking for the More we’ve yet to find comes from Johnny Cash’s album American V. A Hundred Highways.  “God’s Gonna Cut You Down,” first recorded by Cash in 2003, the year of his death, was released […]


Mental Health Break— “Happy,” Iranian Style

This week’s mental health break comes from Iran, where 6 young Iranians were arrested last month for dancing to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” in a Youtube video that went viral.  The men and women appearing in the video said they wanted […]


Mental Health Break—”Stile Antico”

Since it’s been a while since our last mental health break…today’s feature is the choral ensemble “Stile Antico” singing Thomas Tallis’ “Miserere nostri.” A friend introduced me to the group, and I’m so glad she did. Now they accompany me […]


Musical Mental Health Break—”Agape” by Bear’s Den

This week’s musical mental health break is from the British folk band Bear’s Den who performed at my local bar The Earl on Monday night. (Any band that opens for Mumford & Sons I’m gonna like, so I knew I […]


Mental Health Break: Winter, from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”

This past weekend we took the kids to a free concert for families at Emory’s Carlos Museum. The Vega String Quartet performed a series of bedtime pieces in their pajamas, surrounded by an audience of young children also in their […]


Musical Mental Health Break: “Souls Like The Wheels”

The Avett Brothers’ album Magpie and the Dandelion has been accompanying me throughout the week, and the song “Souls Like The Wheels” has stuck with me. Here is lead singer Seth Avett performing the tune for all restless souls on […]


Musical Mental Health Break: “Reflektor” and Kierkegaard, Via Lead Singer of Arcade Fire

Today’s musical mental health break is the official video for “Reflektor,” this thanks to fellow saint and sinner Paul (a.k.a. “hubby”). In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, lead singer Win Butler shared that the nineteenth century Danish philosopher Soren […]


Mental Health Break: “Summer Snow”

A new week deserves a musical mental health break. Today’s catchy melody comes from the little-known indie rock band Snow Machine singing “Summer Snow.” For me the lyrics are as much a meditation on the Holy Spirit Who comes and […]

Mental Health Break—Official Video for “Hopeless Wanderer”

All this talk about hell deserves another mental health break. Today’s comes with the serendipitous discovery that one of my favorite bands has a sense of humor. Check out the tongue-and-cheek official video for Mumford & Son’s “Hopeless Wanderer” and […]

Mental Health Break: “Dead Sea”

This week’s feature comes from one of my favorite bands, The Lumineers, who recently performed in my city of Atlanta. “Dead Sea” is a song for every restless soul who in pursuit of True Love chooses the adventure of the […]

Mental Health Break for Restless Souls- “Born to Run”

This week Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” has been my accompaniment in long car rides to visit clients. I saw Springsteen in concert for the first time here in Atlanta several years back, and have since become a big fan. […]

Musical Mental Health Break- Bach’s Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor with Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma played Bach’s Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor at Thursday’s interfaith prayer and healing service in Boston, where the President and First Lady were in attendance after the tragedy of this week’s Boston Marathon. In an interview […]

Musical Mental Health Break for Restless Souls- “Magdalene”

This morning I woke up before the alarm went off. The final massive and laborious edits on a manuscript were calling. (Now I know why so many authors use the expression, “work of love,” to describe their finished product.) As […]

The “Eucatastrophe” of Easter

Yesterday fellow saint and sinner Tammy shared this meditation on the meaning of Good Friday; but its use of J.R.R. Tolkien’s term, “eucatastrophe,” also makes it an Easter sermon for anyone anywhere who has sat, metaphorically speaking, outside a tomb […]

“Working on a Dream”

With another manic Monday before us, here are a couple of items some of you shared for the benefit of this motley crew of saints and sinners… Fellow saint and sinner Michael responded to a recent post about Saturday Night […]

Friday Fracas (a.k.a. Mental Health Break)

It’s been a while since a musical mental health break, hence this techno interlude from Kaskade.  While the video for “Don’t Stop Dancing” leaves something to be desired, I’m enjoying the lyrics this afternoon- and I must admit that the beat […]

Mental Health Break: “Skindeep”

For all of us who tire of glib superficiality in many of our churches, and by way of keeping it real here at this intersection between life and God, this morning’s testimony to my love of 80’s music comes from […]

In the Aftermath of Newtown Massacre…A Holy Improvization

I love reading the obituaries in The Economist.  They’re often such clever and insightful portraits of human nature in its myriad of expressions. The most recent issue features legendary jazz musician Dave Brubeck, for whom jazz improv was in the […]

Mental Health Break: “Redemption Song”

Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” seems fitting today as tomorrow we Americans head for the polls to elect our next president. I fell in love with this version of the song, compliments of the group, “Playing for Change.”  Enjoy!

Mental Health Break: “Beautiful Things”

We sang this song by the band, Gungor, in worship yesterday.  Here is this week’s musical feature, “Beautiful Things,” with the hope that your day will be beautiful, regardless of what you carry into it:   

Musical Feature: Mumford & Sons’ “I Will Wait”

Once again, in the spirit of an Andrew Sullivan “mental health break,” today’s musical feature is Mumford & Sons’ cover song for their newly released album, Babel:  like many of the band’s songs, “I Will Wait” has, I suspect, deeply […]

Resurrection, Keane-Style

Resurrection is on my mind this week as I prepare to preach tomorrow on the passage from John 11, where Jesus in raising Lazarus from the dead describes Himself as “The Resurrection and The Life.” Maybe this is why the […]

Disorganized Religion

We preachers have our most embarrassing moments.  I imagine it’s true for musicians, too.  The other night I witnessed one. Mumford & Sons’ lead singer Marcus Mumford, performing for a full house at Ryman Theater, in Nashville, Tennessee, first forgot […]

“Living Water,” Compliments of a High School Boyfriend

It is rare that your ex-boyfriend’s sister becomes your maid of honor.  That is what happened when I married my college sweetheart almost twelve years ago in a little church in New Haven, Connecticut. My friend, Laura, held the train […]

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Mental Health Break — "On Melancholy Hill" and What's Up Next Here
Single motherhood for the next nine months — with my hubby traveling back and forth to Washington, D.C., thanks to a National Endowment of Humanities (NEH) research fellowship there — may reduce my presence here at this intersection. But I'm ...

posted 3:34:48pm Sep. 24, 2015 | read full post »

A Monk, A Man Behind Bars for Murder, and Their Life-Changing Correspondence
[caption id="attachment_5740" align="alignleft" width="400"] The U.S. locks up more people every year than any other country, including China, with a population roughly five times greater than that of the U.S.. 5% of the world's population ...

posted 8:37:11pm Sep. 16, 2015 | read full post »

This Old House: A Poem
              The dramatic transformation that our old house continues to ...

posted 9:19:25pm Sep. 11, 2015 | read full post »

2 Ways I'm Like Mr. Bean When On Retreat at the Monastery
It’s been a while since my last “retreat” at the monastery. The last time I was here, I was on ...

posted 4:25:13pm Sep. 09, 2015 | read full post »

A 1:6 Women-to-Men Ratio on Ashley Madison — Why?
At the risk of beating a dead horse — can anyone help me understand where that awful expression comes from, by the way? — this piece takes a new angle on the whole Ashley Madison scandal. What does an eye-opening dearth of female users on ...

posted 2:37:06pm Sep. 07, 2015 | read full post »


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