Essay

the people that you meet…

This past week my family and I tagged along with the young people from church on a work project in Denver, Colorado.  It didn't start out very well... our honda van broke down on I-80 near Ogallaga, NE in the middle of a construction zone.…
Jason Lief
June 9, 2012
Essay

Imperfection

This past week I set aside my academic work, picked up a flat bar and needle nose pliers, and set to work ripping up old carpet.  Our house was built in the 2310's so we figured there was some wood beneath the ugly green and…
Jason Lief
May 26, 2012
Essay

“Why do they always send the poor?”

Watch Where Soldiers Come From - Trailer on PBS. See more from POV.     Why don't presidents fight the war, Why do they always send the poor? System of a Down - BYOB Where Soldiers Come From is a PBS documentary that was aired…
Jason Lief
May 10, 2012
Essay

I’m Cardinal Glick

Last Friday at 1pm my body was in Sioux City but my mind was up north in Sioux Center - the home of Dordt College.  I knew there was a celebration...a gathering of the Dordt faithful for an important announcement.  But I wasn't there.  I…
Jason Lief
April 28, 2012
Essay

“What the….?”

"You sure as hell can't talk about hell unless you use the word hell."  Thus saith Bart Simpson (or something like it) in the car, explaining to his mother why he used the word hell.  You know the episode - Bart is in Sunday school…
Jason Lief
March 31, 2012
Essay

Bored

A friend made an interesting comment a few days ago - suggesting that it seems people get bored with Christianity.  Not in a "religion vs. faith" sort of way - you know, the "I love Jesus but dislike the church" - or the "I'm spiritual…
Jason Lief
March 16, 2012
Essay

The Milwaukee Wiener House

  About three or four years ago my good friend - a tall, lanky Dutch Canadian - road along with me out to Montana where I spoke at a youth convention.  (We have quite a few Canadians out here on the prairie and I enjoy…
Jason Lief
March 1, 2012
Essay

Dave Grohl for President

I missed it.  I'm not sure what I was doing but when I sat down to watch what remained of the Grammys my wife let me know I missed it.  The Foo Fighters had won best rock performance and Dave Grohl, the lead singer and…
Jason Lief
February 18, 2012
Essay

Nothing

I've got nothing.  Sorry to disappoint - I'm sure you were expecting some creative, insightful, reflection.  I sat down this morning trying to think of something to write and... nothing.   I thought I might write about my first day of CPE (I'm doing chaplaincy…
Jason Lief
February 4, 2012