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Bad Pilgrim

I woke up this morning in the remote town of Samos. I stayed across from a gorgeous monastery: After some hours of wet morning walking I found myself in falling apart little town with mud streets that could be the set for a medieval horror movie (if such a film existed.) I followed the Camino […]


Penance… with all the medieval churches and imagery along the Camino de Santiago, coupled with the fact that the pilgrim journey has a pain soundtrack, it is hard not to think about penance. I know… I get it. Penance is not a popular topic. Some of you are already cringing. And with all the imagery […]


Will I even finish the Camino? For the first 9 or 10 days, I felt unstoppable. I was walking beyond the recommended stages most days and at a good clip. I had been warned to not give into my hubris and so I tried to stop regularly, air out my feet, change my socks. Then […]


I’ve passed so, so many graveyards along the Camino… …as well as all the tombs in churches and the memorials to pilgrims who died along the Camino. That’s a lot of death to witness… and to process… My nephew, who died of cancer when he was only four, is my symbolic companion along the Way; […]

Roads: Sacred and Vulgar

I spend hours everyday walking along the roads of the Camino de Santiago. The roads are made of various surfaces. Most of the time, as these photos reveal, I am walking alone. There is no one else in site. A good percentage of the time I am walking with other pilgrims, but… From time to […]

Today Tickets Still Available

I am looking forward to a weekend at Open Table Conference ( I hope you can come and join me. I will get to join on stage some really great minds.  The most famous is William Paul Young, whose book/film, “The Shack” is still the conversation nationwide.  In fact, I gave an interview in Pittsburgh […]

Church, Give Back Tax Exemption: Missing the Point

Over the weekend the Oregonian published an article in which I suggest that the American Christian Church should consider giving back her tax exemption to heal one of society’s great wounds, like child hunger or health care. As of this morning, has received over 500 comments on the article and over 1800 shares on […]