Living and Active Words

The printing press has had a remarkable impact on the way readers interact with and think about the Bible. We modern readers have become accustomed to encountering the Christian scriptures as a single, neatly bound volume capable of being reproduced millions of times without error or variability. The ease and…

Christianity and the Art Xenophobia

Only those who have the courage to suspend their discomfort long enough to self-reflect and disentangle their fear from the presence of their other, will see that there is a third way. We don’t always need to fight or run, we can also choose to embrace our discomfort and explore it. It takes a stronger, more mature individual to extend compassion and openness to our other, whom by the way, is just as uncomfortable with the experience as you.

Heavenly Stuff

Look at what love the Father has given to us, so that we may be called—and are—children of God. Because of this the world does not know us, for it did not know Him. Beloved ones, [right] now we are children of God and it has not yet been made…

Heaven: not just a place we go, but a place we become

Before you keep scrolling and totally dismiss the following because you are not prepared to mentally handle the theological ravings of a 23 year old musing about the afterlife, you should know this post is more about spiritual practice and less about knowledge or competing ideas.  In my brief life…

Taking the Time to Grieve During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The following piece is copied from my personal blog… I woke up this morning feeling sad. It was a dark heavy blanket that settled in over me, it’s been floating down upon my soul for a few days now. What is it? Where is it coming from? Another week shut…

Model Ts, the Modern Nuclear Family, and Megachurches

The emergence of the megachurch onto the American landscape in the 1980s, though seemingly novel at the time, has deep roots in the Protestant movement, beginning in the 16th century when Huguenot architect Jacques Perret envisioned and then constructed a large, multi-functional worship space. Then in the Revivalism of the 1700s,…

Iron Cage: A Spoken Word Reflection**

There is a deep hunger within each person, a wondering, a longing for a grounded Presence. For millennia, we’ve been searching. We want to know there’s more to this life then what is visible. So, we look about for the Divine, the God of Creation, Who spoke and all we…

Shallow Rules and Deep Love

“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love…

A Critique of Standard Missions and Evangelism

Missions Observed  Mission is something I think about a lot. The first reason is that I’m a Missionary’s kid, and lived overseas for a short while. Another reason is that I’ve gone on a number of short term mission trips to countries like Ghana, Russia, and Thailand. I’ve also done…

Virtual Communion in the Age of Covid-19

Since the arrival of COVID-19 American church life has been disrupted. Not only are we not able to gather together physically for many of us serving in liturgical and sacramental traditions there has been a suspicion of online worship. Anything that looks or, in this case, streams like a non-denominational…

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