On Identity, Part 1

When I (Michael) used to work in Uganda, it was not uncommon to be faced with how much I stuck out. Part of my work was meeting with community leaders hours off the road, in places where few white people venture throughout the year. Though I was used to being...

Accountability and Shame, Part 3

For the past several months, I have been writing about the delicate balance between accountability, shame, and transformation. We have struggled to make sense of why our actions don’t change after inviting people in…seeking honest repentance…and beating...

Accountability and Shame, Part 2

“Nothing ever becomes real ’til it is experienced.” -John Keats Last spring, a friend and I went backpacking in North Carolina for several nights. We hiked a trail both of us were familiar with but decided to summit a small peak neither of us had...

Accountability and Shame

“Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else.” David Foster Wallace “Hey, I need you to hold me accountable…” Every week in high school, a small group of guys from my church would meet in the basement...