We Hold Some Truths to be Self-Evident…

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...]

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 t … [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...]

Dear Church: It’s Not You, It’s Us

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It is no secret: vocational ministers are burning out, leaving the Church,  and experiencing a rise in stress-related health problems.  I'm grateful that this issue is getting some attention lately in mainstream media, and also for the good work of organizations like The Lilly Endowment.  These folks are taking proactive measures to curb the trend. They not only help raise awareness; they help equip congregations and pastors with resources, better practices, and networks of support to keep eve … [Read more...]

A Handful of Change

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Recession, re-shmession.I know it's tough out there. I know people have lost jobs and healthcare coverage. I know firsthand that, practically overnight, some of our homes were suddenly worth nothing. Not even what we spent on new landscaping. I know that people have been displaced, heartbroken, cheated, and kicked around in general by the economy these last few years.But people, we spent $1.5 BILLION on lottery tickets this week. You and me. And only 3 of us won.Now, lottery is all … [Read more...]

Louder and Less Polite

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It is not news that people are leaving the Christian faith. Or that, increasingly, they were never a part of it. The staggering numbers of people that identify themselves as atheist, agnostic, or "spiritual but not religious" have us career Jesus people in a panic. Will there still be a community of faith in 20 years? In 50?I'm starting to change my mind about the liklihood of a 'yes.' Because in my conversations with people, it is apparent that it isn't God people have stopped believing in. … [Read more...]

Day 2.5; New Mexico

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Continuing with my English Major Diet, wherein the narrative matters as much as the food...Like i was saying yesterday, hard to believe that i had 2 of the best meals ever on the same day, but travel is like that sometimes. Of course, travel food is hit or miss. It can be the best thing ever, or it can be a string of bad chains that stretches all across the country.It was day 3 of our drive/move from Kentucky to Arizona. We were getting to the good stuff--western New Mexico starts to … [Read more...]

Who Comes This Night, Take 2!

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As promised earlier today  ("To Welcome in the Stranger")  here's another take of  "Who Comes this Night," performed by my brother Chris. Under the video is a link to check out his blog for the music business he shares with his wife. Happy listening.Mockingbird Musicians, Nashville  … [Read more...]

To Welcome in the Stranger

Oh, the lovely and wonderful things that they don't play on the radio. In the endless loop of holly jolly reindeer rock--and Celine Dion, of course--we miss out on alot of really beautiful and even prophetic music.James Taylor's "Who Comes This Night" has become a seasonal fave of mine, and i've never once heard it on the radio. Probably because it has little to do with creating a warm, fuzzy, insular Christmas feeling for ones own, and everything to do with welcoming the stranger and … [Read more...]


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