Charles’ Lord’s Prayer


Matthew 6:9–13 (ESV) "Pray then like this: 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead...

Let God make you


This is one of my favorite pieces. I made it five years ago in the studio of my New Hampshire farmhouse. The purple glaze is a Korean recipe which blushes purple when thick, but stretches to corn-flower-blue when it gets thin on the clay. This pot I designed to hold...

our inner tour-guide


I was once visiting a house museum and was taken on a tour by the museum tour guide whose job it was to take my ticket and show me around, watching that I did not snitch anything off tables and explaining what I was seeing.  It was an old house...

labels and morons


It is hard not to notice the changes taking place inside me as I move from the first half of life to the second.  My friend and mentor Richard Rohr says that this is an important move.  We give up trying to impress people, trying to impress ourselves, trying to...

curiosity and acid


  When we humans face directly into suffering we do what animals do - we do what Kai-the-dog does.  We pull away.  If Kai sees a vacuum cleaner he runs into any other available rooms and sits there looking at the world out over his glasses with a very stern...

The Beautiful Shepherd


  Jesus was surrounded by politics.  City.  A city is, in Greek “polis” and is full of people, noise and activity.  People want what they want and they fight to get it. So politics is part of our life as we move among people.  When we are told to be...

With


A clay icon called "with" by the author in bas relief I’m not convinced that Jesus would have made a very good priest.  I’m actually not sure He would have even chosen to be one.  I mean, when we read about Jesus, his encounters with the clergy of his day...

the soul’s turning


When I was hit by a speeding bullet city train in Prague three years ago, the ambulance flew through the streets with me tied to a board and no stewardess with cocktails or even nuts.  On arrival at the hospital, I seemed fine, and we all thought I might go...

Making all things new and messy


When God says “I am making all things new.” I wonder if we are really into that.  I mean, do we want all things new?  Or do we prefer to keep things as they are, such that nothing needs to be figured out. So there’s no need for more paper-work. ...

God – trying to communicate


As I get older, I have an increased compassion for God. No longer a “He” and no longer an “old man” on a throne with my file on his lap, cranky, disappointed, gassy and vaguely aware of me but having forgotten my name. God is no longer even “God” to...