Love Wins

My beloved former college roommate (mentioned here) encouraged me to read Rob Bell's book, Love Wins. I'd heard about it. Apparently it pissed off a lot of Evangelicals. My ears usually perk up when American Evangelicals get all worked up over something. Seeing as how this book was published by Harper One and not his usual Zondervan, I'm guessing Bell has annoyed more than a few establishment Christians.I first heard about Rob Bell three years ago when I was visiting family in Australia. One … [Read more...]

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Venturing Out

A very good friend of mine suggested I read Rob Bell's Love Wins and write about it for my blog. So I did, and I will. I got half-way through the book and decided that I wanted to buy a copy for my in-laws (my copy is from the local library). I thought that this would be the perfect excuse to visit the Family Christian Store in my town. I hadn't been in one in over a decade. I remember buying devotionals and bibles and books for bible study groups there when I was in college. Even then the … [Read more...]

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New home, new altars

Last night's full moon was the kick in the pants I needed to get all my altars set up! We've got all the furniture we're getting for a while. We're Officially Moved In to our new home. I decided that I would use the full moon and all the energy from the solar flares - plus I had had a FULL NIGHT'S SLEEP (first one in over a year) - and bless all the altars.This is our family altar. In the passage between the living and dining rooms there is this curved space, where the phone box used to … [Read more...]

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He is not here, He is risen!

Or, thinking ahead to Easter.I'm a little premature. Easter isn't until April, and I'll be knee deep in the mud of my Place quarter. I haven't celebrated Easter in any meaningful way in a long time. I dislike pastels and cartoon bunnies and cheap chocolate, so the mainstream/commercial parts of this holiday don't interest me at all. I don't want to start that with my kids, either. There's enough sugar and cartoon-y fun in our lives as it is.But I do love the resurrection story. Even … [Read more...]

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Vulernability

I know vulnerability doesn't relate specifically with Christianity. But it seems to be the theme of late. At least this week. Ok, who am I kidding? It's probably my life's work. Why? Because I am lousy at it.A couple of people directed my attention to this TED talk on vulnerability yesterday, so this morning I sat down with my cup of tea and decided to listen to it.... while I read email. Because, it's about vulnerability, see, and what could it possibly say that would demand twenty minutes … [Read more...]

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Resolution

So I went to sutra study. I was able to read a few comments on yesterday's post before I left, rather in a distracted rush, for yoga class and sutra study. Many of you made excellent points and I was left feeling awkward, silly and vulnerable. I particularly hate feeling vulnerable. I am much better at over thinking things, if you hadn't noticed.When I started this project I knew this quarter would be a challenge for me, but I didn't realize just how hard it would be for me. I've spent most … [Read more...]

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Conflict

My lunch today was amazing. Like, really, really delicious. But the conversation was good too. Husband and kids and I sat around the table talking about the day thus far. 'Oh I'm going to yoga tonight,' I said, 'but I'm undecided if I'll stay on for the yoga sutras study group.' After explaining myself, my husband just looked at me and said, 'Why don't you write about this?' Good point.So, here's what I told him. After yoga class tonight - asana, physical practice - I've been invited to stay … [Read more...]

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