We Hold Some Truths to be Self-Evident…

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I went to bed angry, and woke up with a deep and painful sigh of the soul. Every other blogger in the progressive and free-thinking world is writing and ranting about North Carolina today. But really, what can you say? What can you say when a country that is based on freedom, passes a law that suppresses the very right to be one's self? What can you say when people who claim faith in a loving, merciful God, pass a law out of hate and spite, that serves no purpose but to label, ostracize … [Read more...]

A Moving Picture

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My 3-year-old has a new catch phrase response for when you ask her a question and she doesn't know the answer. Or at least, doesn't have the words handy. She says, "I don't know. I haven't seen the movie yet." Now, somewhere in her quickly-developing brain, there is a very literal connection in there, something that has to do with an actual movie. Not that she's seen many movies--she does well to sit through a 20-minute cartoon--but she thinks there is a movie that goes with everything. … [Read more...]

S*^! Jesus Says: The Missionary Edition

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"Good afternoon. My name is **Jane** and I'm with **Betterthanyou** ministries. I was wondering if you'd like to meet with one of our missionaries and learn more about how to share the gospel of Jesus with our Jewish brothers and sisters?" Oh, girlfriend. You are barking up the wrong cactus... And THIS is why i usually don't answer the office phones in the afternoon, unless it is a name i recognize on that caller i.d. You know how you think of the right thing to say, about 4 seconds after … [Read more...]

The Mercy Instinct

As a pastor, I see it time and time and time again: a person has been deeply wounded by a loved-one. They struggle to process the world through this new lens of heartbreak. It doesn't matter if it is a sibling, a spouse, a friend, or a parent/child relationship --we are hurt most profoundly by those we love. It is, in fact, the cost of loving, and perhaps the most painful cost of being a person. What I notice, time (and time) again, is the impulse of grace that comes into most relationships at … [Read more...]

Good Stuff

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How do we develop a taste for good things? Is it an acquired taste, cultivated by careful nurture? Or are some of us just born with a hunger for life that drives us through every transition, challenge and heartache with the promise of good news on the other side? I ask my 3-year-old, "What are your favorite things?" I see wheels turning, and finally she says, "I don't know." (Translation:"I do know, but I don't quite have the words in my 3-year-old sense of self...") So I start … [Read more...]

Unwound

First, confessions of an English major: I was totally thrown off my zen today by my yoga instructor's improper use of the word "invaluable." I could not release the error to its own beautiful truth or whatever, and focus in the present moment. That out of the way--best class ever today. We focused on twists. I'm sure there are fancy yogi terms for twist variations, but to me, all that was lost after invaluable. As far am I'm concerned, we just spent an hour twisting, and it was divine. I have … [Read more...]

Under Pressure

God spoke to me today. I love when that happens. I hate when that happens. I love when that happens because hearing the voice of God is the simple reward for living a (reasonably) spiritual life. When you move through the world looking for something holy at every turn (translation: looking for sermon material), then eventually, you will see something holy. If you wait for a clear next step each day (ok, maybe every other day. If i'm not too busy) then yes, eventually, a next step gets … [Read more...]

More S*^! Jesus Says

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I'm working/praying/stumbling my way through a sermon series on the Beatitudes, otherwise known at my place as S*^! Jesus Says. In getting to the heart of these simple yet soul-shifting imperatives, I find it helpful to start with that which Jesus did not say: So, for week 2, S*^! Jesus Did Not Say: --Blessed are they who avoid nursing homes, hospitals, and funerals, for fear of their own human frailty. --Blessed are those who think divorce is contagious, and steer clear of their … [Read more...]

Take a Load Off

Maybe I'm too young to claim The Band as part of the soundtrack to my life.  But the death of Levon Helm has me thinking about the first time I heard "The Weight--" or at least the first time i paid attention--and well, i do believe it did some shaping of me that Debbie Gibson, Guns n Roses, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers didn't quite manage. A Coke commercial: A beautiful woman drives a convertible through the desert, with a happy and faithful looking dog. "The Weight" comes through in … [Read more...]


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