Author: Karl Forehand

I am a writer, podcaster, and contemplative seeker.

Delight

            This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.[1]     God In the Tea Shop, I experienced a wave of emotions.  Many of them took me a long time to decipher.  There was satisfaction, a little bit of fear, some good old fashioned joy and even some sadness…

Present

 Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.          Buddha Don’t worry about tomorrow…each day has enough trouble of its own.       Jesus Recently, a friend of mine said, “All my thought experiments involve a time machine.”  That makes a lot of…

Unscripted Adventures

(This post is part of a larger story I experienced in Taiwan called The Tea Shop.  If you haven’t seen this story, you might check it out or read it later.) One of the communities I am involved with is called Breakthrough.  It is an immersive seminar that helps people address unresolved issues in their…

Listen to Him

      “This is My Son, My Chosen One, listen to Him!”  ― God       “Whatever He says to you, do it.” — Mary Often our theology can be tangled up in a lot of stuff.  For twenty-first century Americans, I think it is a dual problem.  Most evangelical faiths tend to lean…

Into the Mystic

“In the days ahead, you will either be a mystic or nothing at all.” ― Karl Rahner Recently, I have discovered the music of Van Morrison.  It’s one of those things where you say, “Where have you been all my life?”  Most people my age that like Morrison probably discovered him decades ago, but I like…

Celebration!

In his book, A Spiritual Evolution[1], John McMurray describes the time when he and his wife taught their son how to ride a bicycle.  This beautiful description of what happens when the child finds the “sweet spot” and experiences the joy and freedom that most of us know.  Reading this depiction brought back all kinds…

The Next Courageous Step

All the women in my house suddenly gathered around our grandson, Jackson. We were celebrating Christmas a couple of days late and were opening gifts. My mother-in-law was holding this child that was born eight weeks premature. Because of this and some other complications, his parents keep a close eye on developmental milestones. One of…

When I Look at My Kids – Part 12 (Justice)

            “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”                                                                                     Martin Luther King Jr.             “God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice…”  Jesus One of my daughters is a lot like my wife, Laura.  She always wants things to be fair.  I grew up with the assumption that…