Controlling the Narrative: Lance Armstrong and the Rest of Us

“I wanted to control the narrative.” ¬†That phrase has sprung out of the otherwise unsurprising Lance Armstrong doping confession. The need to “control the narrative” captures much human motivation and underlies multiple decisions. If we can indeed control the narrative, we can keep ourselves protected, lie with impunity and still look intact, together and successful.…

Peggy Railey and the Pastoral Life

Peggy Railey finally died yesterday. ¬†Twenty-five years in a vegetative coma, left there after an attack by what all assumed but was never proved to be her husband, Walker Railey, then the highly popular pastor of First United Methodist Church, Dallas. Twenty five years of agony for her family, twenty-five years of low moans, what…