Love in the Hard Times: Forth They Went Together

You know that feeling you get when you realize how dumb you were for having written something or someone off? Like when you try a food as an adult that you tried once and hated when you were three and you think, “Dang, I’ve been an idiot my whole life.”…

On Someone Yelling the N-Word in Public

So when someone uses the N-word, an apology really can’t be “enough,” but something does have to be “enough,” if we’re really working for the redemption and reconciliation of all people. I suspect, though, the “enough” is not something you can ever do after the fact; it’s work that needs to be done before.

How Brian Zahnd Helped My Prayer Life

A New Kind of Prayer That Is Really Old  I recently attended Brian Zahnd’s Prayer School. I really got a lot out of it. I have been struggling with prayer for a long time. My prayers in the past have mostly been about me getting what I want or about…

Bathsheba

Bathsheba had grown up admiring the handsome, charismatic king David. It had been an exhilarating time in Israel’s history, and her dad Eliam, one of David’s might men, had been all wrapped up in the thick of it, close with David ever since the young shepherd had been on the…

Doing Away With Confirmation Bias

Confirmation bias is the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a way that confirms or supports our prior beliefs or values. We tend to unconsciously select information that supports our views, but ignore non-supportive or contradicting information. We also tend to interpret ambiguous evidence as supporting…

Reflection on Peace and Division

If we are committed to one another, to serving one another, to seeing and hearing each other as human beings – beloved children of God – then we can truly be about the business of making peace. Not a stalemate or a truce, but genuine community that’s won through the hard work of naming and facing our divisions.

This isn’t anything new (but it needs to be said again, and now)

This is short, but I feel it is necessary, especially after the events today in Washington, D.C. I’m copying most of this from a recent social media post I made. Christian Nationalism, in any nation, is anti-Christ. Full stop. I know this is a site where we can share differences…

Abigail

Abigail’s story begins during a traditionally joyful time, the sheep shearing festival. Many guests had gathered, and there was much feasting. Abigail was well-known for her gracious hospitality, and all the tables were generously supplied. As the celebration wore into the evening, ten plainly dressed men entered the pavilion and…

Love in the Hard Times: The Temple

Hello, friends! It’s been quite a while since I’ve written. The past several months have run the gamut of grief and joy for me, and as my internal gauge bounced back and forth from one end to the other, it was difficult to have a sense of where exactly my…

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