On proving God


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail There’s a huge movement that’s sweeping Austin right now called Explore God. If you live in central Texas, you know what I’m talking about. You pull out of your driveway and you see a sign in the yard across the street. You get on the highway and there’s a billboard. You drive past a… [Continue Reading]

He who knows the story


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail All my life, I’ve been fascinated by stories. Whether it was told in the form of a book, a movie, a play, or through some old relatives sitting on the front porch on a hot day sipping cold bottles of beer, I’ve always been captivated by the almost magical power a story has to… [Continue Reading]

AGAINST (The Our Father, Word by Word)


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Our Father Who Art in Heaven, Hallowed Be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done, On Earth As it Is in Heaven. Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread. Forgive Us Our Trespasses As We Forgive Those Who Have Trespassed Against…. .  “But what if someone wants you to kill them and… [Continue Reading]

First, you must be willing to lose it all


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I‘ve received a lot of feedback in response to my post called Finding God in 5 Steps. Of all the interesting and insightful things that people shared, there was one email that hit me right between the eyes, and made me realize something that I’ve hardly gone a day without thinking about. It was… [Continue Reading]

The secret of discernment


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I‘ve been thinking about the topic of discernment again lately (longtime readers know that this is a big area of fascination for me). How do I know what God wants me to do in this or that situation? If I have a bunch of good options in front of me, which one do I… [Continue Reading]

How I went from lifelong atheism to orthodox Catholicism (Audio)

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail My story + 7 lessons I learned about conversion Thursday night I was honored to be asked to share my conversion story with the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) group at St. Elizabeth’s parish here in central Texas. I wanted listeners to be able to take something away that they could apply… [Continue Reading]

Reaching gracepoint


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail One thing that’s missing from the sidebar here at the newly-designed blog is my Why I Believe in God post. I used to keep it up there to give new readers a high-level explanation of what convinced me of God’s existence, thinking that it might even offer fellow seekers insights that could help them… [Continue Reading]

Looking for the tow truck driver

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Coming from atheism, the whole concept of there being a personal God who is somehow involved in all that we do was amazing…and intimidating…and confusing. As anyone who has read my 2007 archives knows, for many months I was fascinated with the concept of knowing exactly what God’s plans were for all the little… [Continue Reading]

Why I’m Catholic

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I am asked with increasing frequency why I converted to Catholicism as opposed to one of the other Christian denominations. Though this blog is sort of one long conversion story, I’ve never put together a post summarizing that part of my journey because that subject matter can be a hot (and divisive) topic. Also,… [Continue Reading]

Thoughts on becoming Catholic

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail So, as I mentioned in my last post, going to see Joel Osteen and experiencing his Evangelical-style church service live had a big impact on me. First, it was just inspiring to see so many positive, happy people so excited about Christianity. It was so touching to look around and feel like I was… [Continue Reading]