Twenty years ago I fell though a crack in my spirit and into a world that is strange and wonderful and ceaselessly upending. And ever since then, I’ve been trying to help other people like me find an entrance. That personal mission has led me to write 5 books and several hundred blog posts; to retreat regularly to a Benedictine monastery and binge-watch Netflix; to travel to Taize, live in intentional communities, get my MA in Theology, and begin every day—well, ok, almost every day—in prayer and Scripture reading. And the thing that still surprises me the most is that the deeper I go, the freer I get.
This freedom is the heart and soul of the Gospel, and the raison d’etre behind the good work of Tullian Tchividjian. “Tullian who?” you are likely saying. That’s what I said four months ago. I was told he was the “prodigal” grandson of Billy Graham doing rock star theology in Grace. Last month his group—aptly named, Liberate—invited me to guest blog for them. Wow. Like I said, strange and wonderful and ceaselessly upending. The piece gave me a chance to tease out some Big Picture truths from one of my favorite films of the year: Whiplash. If you haven’t had a chance to read Are You Rushing or Are You Dragging, I hope you’ll take a few minutes to check in out now. I really think it’s one of the best things I’ve written in a while, and speaks to this freedom so dear to my heart.