The Gospel of Gregalt & The Kids in the Hall

By: Erik Guzman on Tuesday March 17, 2015

Parishioner Prevan: "The silence is too loud. The darkness is too bright. It blinds me. It deafens me. I am left blind, I am left deaf... in the darkness... in the blackness." Pastor Gregalt: "Why not try a little work? Maybe that will help the... blackness." Parishioner Prevan: "Am I to live in...

The Art of Dying - The Collection

By: Erik Guzman on Tuesday February 24, 2015

Download "The Gown of Green" For Free! I cried when I first saw The Collection at The Wild Goose Festival back in 2012. Their music playfully wooed me to weep over the passing of my younger self. I stood in the red North Carolina dirt under a tent filled with their songs and realized that the...

Beware of New Year’s Resolutions

By: Erik Guzman on Tuesday December 30, 2014

It’s exciting when someone calls his shot. A baseball player points beyond the stands to the parking lot and then lifts his bat. The sales goal is written on the whiteboard in the office for all to see. A boy runs in from looking at the starry sky and proclaims he’s going to be an astronaut....

Christianity Is for the Weak

By: Erik Guzman on Thursday December 11, 2014

Why didn’t I want to go? It wasn’t because I’d miss football games. It wasn’t because I don’t know how to step away from the demands of everyday life. It wasn’t because I’m avoiding Jesus. I didn’t want to go to the men’s retreat because I’m so very weak. Men Suck It’s been...

Beauty from Brutality

By: Erik Guzman on Wednesday October 15, 2014

I’m not a masochist. Really, I’m not. I know what I wrote in Pain is Your Friend, but I don’t go looking for opportunities to suffer. Well, there was that time I agreed to go on a church men’s retreat, but Jesus made me do it. Here’s the thing, the worst pain in my life has come from my...

Pain is Your Friend

By: Erik Guzman on Wednesday September 24, 2014

Yeah, I was too stubborn to listen. I wasn’t going to let pain push me around. I gutted it out for six months before the disc blew and almost left me gimpy and without bowel control or sexual function. If I had been humble enough to listen, I would have heard my friend pain warning me...

Drunk Believers

By: Erik Guzman on Wednesday August 27, 2014

When I told my wife about the request, she laughed too. “Don’t you have to stop drinking to write a book about living sober?” she asked. I poured myself a glass of wine and said, “We’ll see.” I like to drink. I enjoy drinking beer, wine and whiskey. I like to drink with friends. I like...

Skin Bags

By: Erik Guzman on Wednesday July 16, 2014

Skin bags. That's what I kept thinking when I looked around at all the people crammed into the subway car. My wife and I traveled some this summer. At home we see the same people all the time. From work to the kids’ school to family and friends, we experience a comfortable trickle of humanity. We...