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...

Radical Grace & Radical Discipline

By: Erik Guzman on Wednesday July 2, 2014

I graduated Summa Cum Laude (even so, I will admit I had to look up how to spell that). Then I earned an MBA with straight “A”s. I did get a “B” in seminary, but that’s only because I adamantly disagreed with a professor (an expert on Pascal) about who discovered the vacuum. I’ll cut the...

May God Bless The Hell Out Of You

By: Erik Guzman on Wednesday May 14, 2014

Here’s an example. Say I need some landscaping done at my house. So I go to the day-laborer place and I hire up all the guys standing around. We agree on $100 per guy for a day’s work. They work hard for a couple hours, but it doesn’t look like we’ll get all the work done by quitting time....

Root & Fruit

By: Erik Guzman on Wednesday March 12, 2014

Considering that I planted late, the tomatoes and the green peppers did great. But the beans turned out to be bush beans instead of pole beans and ended up in the shadow of the tomato plants, so they didn’t produce. One day I walked out to the garden to find the squash shriveling up! It got the...

Passion & Pain

By: Erik Guzman on Tuesday January 1, 2013

I felt so helpless. I would have traded places with him if I could have. (That’s not entirely selfless. Sure I wanted to spare my son the pain and give him a merry Christmas, but returning from vacation 10 pounds lighter instead of 10 pounds heavier would have been a welcome...

Our Father

By: Erik Guzman on Sunday January 1, 2012

I don’t know how long we were left alone in that hospital room. I got lost in the moment, overwhelmed by love as I gazed at my little girl. All at once it struck me; this is what it’s like to be a father. One day, Jesus’ disciples asked him to teach them how to pray. Jesus said, “like this:...

Resolution Solution

By: Erik Guzman on Friday January 1, 2010

The point is that I made some New Year’s resolutions and I’ve done well. With all the exercise and my vegetarianism, I lost 50 pounds. I also quit drinking and sneaking Steve Brown’s pipe tobacco. I’m like a Nazarite without the hair. I’m going to get a life insurance policy with premiums...