Satan the Prowling Lion Will Lead You Stray if You Stray from the Way

TRANSCRIPT OF A FAKE SERMON. Good morning, and it’s a blessing to be guest preacher at you all, brothers and sisters, this morning. I have just returned from Spain and there was a big adventure I had there. It was really good and it was spiritually dark because many people in Spain are Catholics and…

Things I Thought While Sitting

Sometimes I think, this is what it must be like out there. In the Midwest. The Great Plains or the Badlands or something. I don't know. I've never been to the Midwest. But the Meseta, this flat, seemingly infinite plateau hogging Northern Spain, seems as close as I'll get to it. Here are flies. Here's…

Falling in Love on the Camino (where all your dreams true if you want them hard enough)

I prayed I would meet someone on the Camino, and I met someone. On the morning of the 9th, a German we will call Mike, because that is his real name, asked to walk with me. He said that I wasn’t like the typical American with my big sunglasses and dorky hat and I said…

Slowing Down, Being Late, and Pinchos with Protestants

On the 7th, I decided to walk backwards for a few kilometers to a small intermediate village, Villamayor de Monjardin, where I stayed in an albergue run by “earnest Dutch ecumenicals.” When I arrived I heard wholesome laughter, acoustic guitar, and the unmistakeable refrains of Hillsong and Jesus Culture. A chalkboard by the door announced…