No one owns the river

Here’s a short story I wrote for our Awakening Creativity Learning Lab this month. Our goal was to write a story about an experience of love and home and when we began to long for true home and true parent. An interesting constraint was to locate the story around a particular geographic landmark– and I [...]

Simple living writer impulsively buys a gold and diamond bling ring

I recently finished writing a book about abundance, generosity and contentment called FREE. Three days before this book was released, I went out and spent many hundreds of dollars on a flashy gold ring with three diamonds. The moment the jewelry store worker handed me the receipt and my little felt covered box, I got sick [...]

Helping kids develop a sense of abundance and generosity

When our daughter Hailey was five, she asked, “are we rich or poor?” At the time, we actually had little in comparison with what’s often expected in our culture. But we also knew that how we answered her question would leave a lasting impression on her sense of abundance. “Hailey,” my wife said, “We have [...]

Frank Schaeffer was 15 years ahead of us

When I was 12 years old I experience a dramatic spiritual awakening, but within a year it became clear that as an intellectual kid, my spiritual path would be more complicated than the simple fundamentalist faith of my upbringing. One day I was digging through a box of my parent’s dusty old books and fumbled [...]

So excited about Dallas Willard that he broke my toilet

Most people know that I’ve been a fan and student of Dallas Willard’s work in kingdom theology and spiritual formation for many years. I’m grateful that Dallas spent time with the little founding group of ReIMAGINE back in the early two thousands. When I asked him, “How can we learn to live in the reality [...]

What Matters Most?

I’m doing a four week crash course on FREE with Nancy Turner live on WMBI radio in Chicago.  Today there was a lot of information that listeners may want some help remembering. Of course the print or digital book provides the most detailed steps and practices. Nancy is giving away copies of the book each [...]

Taking Steps to Get Out of Debt

A version of this article appeared in the July/August issue of Relevant Magazine.  My family and I live in San Francisco, one of the most expensive cities in America. In the Mission District where we live, the current average rent for a one bedroom apartment is $2,650. It’s a neighborhood of contrasts, where undocumented workers, [...]

Finding Freedom On Our Family Vacation

Lisa and I and our daughter are all of average height, but my sons, who are 6’3” and 6’7”, make me feel like a little man. We look like clowns piling out of a clown car as the five of us emerge from our well-used 2005 Scion XB, or what we affectionately call “the little [...]