Author: Karl Forehand

I am a writer, podcaster, and contemplative seeker.

Evangelism

There is something of a drive in all of us.  When we believe something, we want everyone to believe it.  I imagine part of the reason is because it has “saved” us in some way.  I feel that way about my plant-based lifestyle.  I feel like eating differently has literally saved my life and restored…

The Practice

The events in the Tea Shop were hard to put in chronological order, but I think it happened just after we began to share tea and before his wife brought out the food.  He just stood up and began demonstrating what Tanya described as part of his “practice.”  To be clear, he wasn’t describing his…

My Wife

I’ve noticed when most people talk about their spouses or their children, they talk a lot about them being the “best.” I may have even done that in this series of essays. If I did, please scold me later. It’s most evident when people say, “my wife (or husband) is my best friend!” Personally, I…

Where is God?

Occasionally, my dog Winston reminds me of who he is and most of the time it irritates me.  Just a few minutes ago, he nudged me when he wanted me to go in a different direction.  I yell at him because I surmise that “one day you are going knock me down.”  He just looks…

My Son

I have always been able to relate to the “one and only son” reference in the Bible.  Although my daughters have a most special place in my heart, I only have one son and that makes it special in a different way.   He is also my firstborn, so there is that different dynamic.  But, the…

The Host

I can’t imagine what a trip to Taiwan would be like without a host.  Many of the people there speak English, but it would still be much more difficult without a host that was interested in making our trip better.  My son met Tanya and Phil through the Taiwanese family that ran the restaurant where…

What I Didn’t Do

     “It’s no what I did, It’s what I didn’t do”  George Jones (I realize that I just took “No Show Jones” out of context, but hopefully it sticks in your mind, like it did for me.) So far, most of the things I have discussed were the things that happened leading up to…

That Boy Ain’t Right

On the hit animated series, King of the Hill, Hank can regularly be known to exclaim concerning his slightly abnormal son, Bobby, “That boy ain’t right!”  It’s usually after Bobby displays some unusual behavior.  Because Hank has a very ordered view of the world and how it should be, when Bobby displays his unusual behavior…

Love

If I speak with the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal[1]    The Apostle  Paul Several years ago, I was officially categorized as a missionary.  When I replanted a church in Nebraska it was considered mission work, even though I…

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…