Over the last 30 years I have travelled to over 30 countries in an effort to share a few ideas I thought would help people along in their own journey. The themes that emerged from my experience seemed to strike a chord with university students in Oslo to non profit volunteers in Auckland. The need to broaden our understanding of relationships say, or getting a few clues about how to allow our identity to shape our vocation, was echoed around the world in which I travelled. Scattered around these two core themes were a handful of topics that I can best describe as how not to act crazy as a Christian. Even though my world-view and philosophy centres around Christianity, the sub culture that formed around it spawned all kinds of weird and not so wonderful mindsets which I chose to address. These may or may not be important or even relevant today but I leave them on this site just in case you’ve recently been given another copy of The Shack and feel like screaming.
I’ve been graciously encouraged over the years by many people who were so glad they were not alone in their thinking on many of these topics. Which is not to say that I or they or we are ‘in the right' about any of the content you may be listening to on this site. If you do find encouragement and hopefully a bit of freedom through listening though, I hope you will share this with others and continue to broaden your spirit and knowledge through other sites from Brain Pickings to Ted Talks. In fact, much of the research that went into my own content came from looking at the broad connections of others' experiences and exploring the symmetry. Truth has a way of being consistent across the board.
My own journey has created an ongoing need to keep searching for understanding and to dig a little deeper. Pat answers - a symptom of youth or religion - will not get any of us through living in a complex world. What I thought I understood in the first podcast for instance turned out to be only partially helpful. This is especially true on the topic of relationships. I would rewrite that book and redo some of the material you’re listening to now. Richard Rohr wisely commented that in our youth, we’re all about the law and the commandments. It’s the black and white that helps us navigate. In the middle of our lives, we move towards the prophets where critique and query help us develop a robust response to a world that doesn’t play nice with pat answers. As we get older and hopefully wiser though, we move towards the proverbs and paradox where you find that this is true, as is that… At 57 years old, it’s this last phase that has me both glad to share these older recordings with you while I continue to wrestle with my own issues and trying to find redemptive ways of sharing this ongoing story.